Autumn Magic Has Arrived!

We are proud to announce that Autumn Magic, our 2014 Fall Collection, is currently the #2 BESTSELLER on the Halloween BESTSELLER list! Way to go, gang! We did it together! Way to go!!!

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There is something magical about autumn. From the changing leaves to the creeping shadows, autumn holds mysteries and enchantment with which no other season can compare. Step inside the magic of the season as twenty-five authors from around the world share their stories and poems with you.

Featuring the talents of Marilyn Zelke-Windau, Cathy Adams, Patricia D’Innocenzo, Derek Lazarski, Ann Tinkham, Carl “Papa” Palmer, Sharyl Collin, Jennifer Barton Chadourne, Mary McMillan Terry, H. Rogers King, Chantal Bellehumeur, Brett Foster, Karl Williams, Krysten Lindsay Hager, Wendy L. Schmidt, Gail Fishman Gerwin, Mel Goldberg, C J Clark, Janet McCann, Suzanne LaFetra, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Christina Lovin, Patty Somlo, April J. Durham, and Patrick Durham.

Grab your #FREE e-copy on Smashwords using the link and coupon code below:

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Join us as we celebrate the book launch at the official online launch party on Facebook, Sunday, October 19, 2014.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1518728935050633/

 

You can also check out the book on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OL1FTJG

 

And we know you’ll enjoy the great book trailer for Autumn Magic, too!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QEZyN8Po1M

 

It’s always a good time for a little Autumn Magic, tales and poems to tingle your spine, touch your heart, and tickle your funny bone!

Fee-based and FREE Writing Contests Oct. 2014-Feb. 2015

We hope you enjoy our new list of fee-based and free writing contests for everyone. This list is in no way exhaustive. Hopefully, it will provide a nice range of fee-based and free writing contests and opportunities for all you hungry writers out there. Entries are separated by deadline month and by free vs. fee-based. Continuous opportunities are also noted for those with pieces ready-to-go. This list may change from time to time if we find some really good opportunities. If you have a free writing contest or writing opportunity you would like added to the list, please feel free to email us at the link on the bottom of the page.

Best wishes and God bless,

The Durhams

Fee-based and FREE writing contests
Please note:

We are not affiliated with the sites listed here (other than editingandebooks.com). This list is not meant to be a complete and total list, and we do not have personal experience working with the sites here. Please take the time to look into each site, their rules and regulations, and their mission statement.

 

 

Continuous (FREE writing contests)

Fine Linen
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Pay 5 cents per word
Contest Flash fiction and short poems. Fiction only 200-700 words.
Website: http://fl-mag.com/guidelines/

 

Blue Heron Book Works
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Now accepting manuscript length memoirs, book series, and seriously good fiction.
Website: http://www.blueheronbookworks.com/home.html

 

Yalobusha Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Now looking specifically for female poets
Contest: Accept 3-5 poems or 1 short story (up to 5000 words) or 3 flash fiction (less than 100 words per piece).
Website: https://yalobushareview.submittable.com/submit

 

The Intentional Quarterly
Entry Fee: FREE or the optional $5 “tip” submission
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Themes include The Hustle, Vows and Commitments, Displacement, and Gray Area
Contest: Accepting on a rolling basis: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, journalism and interview pitches, letters to the editor, and visual art.
Website: https://theintentional.submittable.com/submit

 

Sweet: A literary confection
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accept only nonfiction. Writers may submit 3-5 or 1-3 essays (word total not to exceed 1500 words).
Website: http://www.sweetlit.com/guidelines.php

 

October (FREE writing contests)

Jet Fuel Review
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers may submit fiction (3000 words or less), nonfiction (3000 words or less), 3-5 poems, or up to 5 pieces of art.
Website: http://jetfuelreview.com

 

Metonym Literary Journal
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication in winter 2014
Special Requirements: Set theme of “uninhibited.”
Contest: Writers may submit 1-6 poems (under 2 pages long), Fiction up to 2000 words per piece. Also accepting comics (no pencil) and photographs.
Website: http://metonymjournal.org/submit/

 

Snowflakes and Memories
Deadline: October 25, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication; Unlimited Free digital editions for family, friends, and fans
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Pieces on Christmas, winter, and holidays: No profanity and no sex, gore, violence
Contest: Writers may submit up to 5 pieces. Short stories, poetry, and essays considered.
Website: http://editingandebooks.com/publishing-opportunities/2014-christmas-collection/

 

Under the Gum Tree
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE (only now through October 31, 2014)
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting submissions under 2000 words on the following topics: Fork and spoon, sound track, 24 frames per second, stomping ground, and more than words. See website for details, as there are very specific details as to what they will consider and questions they will and won’t answer.
Website: https://underthegumtree.submittable.com/Submit

 

The Golden Key
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Set theme of “things that float.”
Contest: Accepting short stories under 6000 words, flash fiction (under 1000 words), and poetry (less than 100 lines).
Deadline: http://whatwonderfulthings.net

 

Drafthorse Literary Journal
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication in Summer Issue 2015
Special Requirements: Set theme is “work or no work.”
Contest: Writers may submit one prose piece or up to four poems via email. Prose double-spaced and poetry single spaced, 12-pt font, Times New Roman.
Website: http://www.lmunet.edu/drafthorse/submissions.shtml

 

Black Balloon Press Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $5000 and a Black Balloon Press book deal (publishing contract)
Contest: Now accepting complete manuscripts (unpublished) over 50, 000 words in length.
Website: https://electricliterature.submittable.com/submit/35240

 

Lunch Ticket
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE (To the best of our knowledge)
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for young people, poetry, translations, and visual arts. There are MANY details about submission, and all must be followed for the piece to be considered.
Website: http://lunchticket.org

 

MADCAP Review
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fiction (under 5000 words), nonfiction, poetry (1-5 poems), and art. Varied submissions taken. See website for details.
Website: http://madcapreview.com/submit/

 

October (FEE-BASED)

2014 Essaying the Body Electric Essay Contest
Deadline: October 14, 2014
Entry Fee: $23
Prize: (1st) $250; (2nd) $125; (3rd) $75; (2 Honorable Mentions) $25
Contest: Nonfiction only (up to 3500 words) about the body, be it human or nonhuman.
Website: https://welcometablepress.submittable.com/submit

 

The Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
Deadline: Extended to October 15, 2014
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)
Prize: (1st) $5000 for poetry, fiction, and essay
Contest: Writers may submit up to 25 pages for fiction and essay and 10 pages for poetry.
Website: http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/regular-submission-guidelines/

 

The Writer’s Block Poetry Contest
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Entry Fee: $100
Prize: $500 plus publication in Memorious
Contest: Writers may submit 1-3 previously unpublished poems for consideration.
Website: https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit

 

2015 Patricia Bibby First Book Award
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: $1000 and book publication
Contest: Submit 50-84 pages of original poetry. Must be new or not sold over 400 copies previously.
Website: http://www.tebotbach.org/tebot_ad.html

 

Raleigh Review Literary Magazine
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: The website states there is a small fee, but we could not find details on the fee at neither the website nor the submission site.
Prize: $10 per work used and one copy of the journal
Contest: For poetry, you may submit 4-5 poems. Flash Fiction up to 1200 words. Short fiction 1200 to 7500 words. Looking for unique perspective, lack of pretension, and conciseness.
Website: http://www.raleighreview.org/Submission_Guidelines.html

 

Rhino Poetry Founder’s Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: (1st) $300 , published in magazine, and nominated for Pushcart Award; (2 runners-up) $50, publication, featured on website, and possibly nominated for Pushcart Prize
Contest: May submit up to 5 unpublished poems.
Website: http://rhinopoetry.org/contests/founders-prize/

 

2014 StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: (1st) $1000; (2nd) $500; (3rd) $250
Contest: Writer may submit 1 fiction piece up to 6500 words.
Website: https://storyquarterly.submittable.com/submit

 

Iron Horse Literary Journal
Deadline: October 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $3
Prize: $40 per poem
Contest: Writers may submit poems for the Iron Horse’s most popular edition, the National Poetry Month.
Website: https://ironhorse.submittable.com/submit/35136

 

November (FREE writing contests)

Little Patuxent Review
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Only U.S. writers accepted
Contest: Writers may submit 1 (one) fiction piece up to 5000 words, one nonfiction up to 3500 words, and up to 3 poems of up to 100 lines. May take 3-5 months for a decision.
Website: http://littlepatuxentreview.org/submissions

 

Palaver Fall 2014 Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Award
Contest: Looking for scary stories under 999 words.
Website: https://palaverjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Museum of Americana
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Now accepting original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, photography, and art.
Website: http://themuseumofamericana.net/submissions/

 

The Wide Shore
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirement: Women writers only.
Contest: Women writers may submit 3-5 poems and a short bio.
Website: https://thewideshore.submittable.com/submit/35026

 

RomComPom: A Journal of Romantic Comedy Poetry
Deadline: No deadline set, but since first publication is scheduled for January, 2015, this month would probably be a good idea.
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers may submit 1-5 poems in a single document that fit their “style” and ideas about poetry. See website for details.
Website: http://romcompom.wordpress.com/submissions/

 

November (FEE-BASED)

Walt Whitman Award for Poetry
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: $35
Prize: $5000 and publication
SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Must be first book written and unpublished.
Contest: Writers may submit full-length poetry books that are previously unpublished work (including as an e-book) 48-100 pages long for consideration.
Website: http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/walt-whitman-award-guidelines

 

New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Prize for Prose and Poetry
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $1000, book contract, national distribution, and complimentary copies
Contest:Seeking book-length unpublished poetry and prose manuscripts from new and emerging authors. (Has not published 2 or more books with an established university or small press.)
Website: http://newriverspress.com/

 

Flyway Notes from the Field Prize
Deadline: November 10, 2014
Entry Fee: $12 or $15 (with a back issue)
Prize: (1st) $500 and copy of 2012 Anthology
Contest: May submit one piece of nonfiction up to 5000 words that celebrates vivid experience. Also accepting up to 5 poems or 1 piece of fiction (5000 words) or 3 small flash fiction (less than 1000 per piece).
Website: https://flyway.submittable.com/submit

 

2nd Scintillating Starts Contest
Deadline: November 10, 2014
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $100 to top three entries
Contest: Submit first 1500 words of your manuscript for review/critique. Top three entries win.
Website: https://writeradvice.submittable.com/submit

 

First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize
Deadline: November 15, 2014 (December 1, 2014 if by Submittable)
Entry Fee: $25 ($30 if use Submittable)
Prize: $1000 and 25 copies of winning book
Contest: Manuscripts of poetry should be 52-92 pages.
Website: http://poetsatwork.org/paw-press/first-annual-poetswork-book-prize-stephen-dunn-judge/

 

Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Entry Fee: $12 (includes a full year subscription to the Philadelphia Stories Magazine–4 issues).
Prize: (1st) $1000 and publication; (3 runners-up) $100 and publication
Contest: May submit up to 5 pages of poetry (1-5 poems). Other requirements are available on website.
Website: http://www.philadelphiastories.org/sandy-crimmins-national-prize-poetry

 

Prism Review Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $10
Prize: $250 and publication
Contest: May submit either 1-4 poems (10 page maximum) or 1 short story (up to 7000 words). They also accept submissions for the magazine (not the award) for $2 per submission, See website for details.
Website: https://prismreview.submittable.com/submit

 

QuillsEdge Press Poetry Chapbook Contest
Deadline: November 30, 2014
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: 10 copies of the chapbook free, as well as purchase additional copies at 50% off.
Special Requirements: Only women over age 50 may submit. Set theme of “on the edge”
Contest: Accepting manuscripts that have not been previously published. See website for complete details.
Website: http://quillsedgepress.com/submit/

December (FREE writing contests)

Glassworks Magazine
Deadline: December 15, 2014
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Glassworks accepts nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print.
Website: https://glassworksmagazine.submittable.com/submit

 

Postcard Poems and Prose
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting flash fiction (150-220 words) and poems (12-20 lines). See website for additional opportunities and requirements.
Website: http://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/submit-2/

 

Hartskill Review
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: One contributor’s copy
Contest: Writers may submit 1-3 poems at a time. They are currently seeking rich, complex, longer poems (4-12 pages long).
Website: http://hartskillreview.submittable.com/submit

 

Cahoodaloodaling
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Set them of Travelogue
Contest: Accepting poetry and prose in a wide variety of formats and genres. Please check the website carefully, as there are opportunities for a very varied range of artistic work, including songs and art.
Website: https://cahoodaloodaling.submittable.com/submit

 

December (FEE-BASED)

2015 Mississippi Review Contest
Deadline: Postmarked by 1-1-15, so submissions should be mailed in December 2014
Entry Fee: $16
Prize: $1000 in prizes to be awarded
Contest: Accepting fiction 1000-8000 words and poetry entries fo 3-5 poems totaling 10 pages or less. Submissions by snail mail only.
Website: https://mississippireview.submittable.com/submit

 

2015 December Awards
Deadline: December 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: 1st Prize: $1,500 and publication
Honorable Mention: $500 and publication
All finalists listed in Spring 2015 Awards issue.
Contest:Submit up to three poems per entry between Oct. 1 and Dec. 15. Name and address on cover letter only. Also accept by mail.
Website: http://decembermag.org/december-awards/

 

Sequestrum
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $4.35
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting fiction (under 5000 words), Nonfiction (under 5000 words), and poetry (no more than 35 lines).
Website: https://sequestrum.submittable.com/submit

 

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2014
Entry Fee: $30
Prize: Publication of winning short story collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book
Contest: Manuscripts 100-250 pages long double-spaced 12-pt font. The award recognizes an outstanding collection of short fiction. Collections may include flash fiction, short stories, long stories, and may include a single novella (est. length of a novella is 50-100 pages). Novels or single novellas alone will not be considered.
Website: http://www.press53.com/Award_for_Short_Fiction.html

 

January (FREE writing contests)

Sliver of Stone
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Contest: Accepting poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Poetry may be up to 3 poems. Fiction and nonfiction may be up to 3500 words.
Website: https://sliverofstone.submittable.com/submit

 

January (FEE-BASED)

Word Soup
Deadline: January 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $6 (donated to hunger charities in the US and abroad)
Prize: Publication
Contest: Writers submit 3-5 pomes on the theme “hunger.”
Website: http://www.wordsoup.weebly.com

 

Mochila Review Undergraduate MoRe Prize
Deadline: January 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $50 and publication
Special Requirement: Must be an undergraduate student somewhere
Contest: May submit up to 5 poems, 1 prose up to 5000 words, and up to 5 pieces of visual art.
Website: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/apps/mochila/submit.php

 

Tavern Books: The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series
Deadline: January 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize:   A standard royalty contract; A working relationship with an editorial staff and publisher; Publication of their book in both paperback and hardcover editions; National distribution through Small Press Distribution
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Female poets 40 or younger who are US citizens only.
Contest: Manuscripts must be previously unpublished full-length collections of original poetry written in English (40 pages of text, minimum). Portions of the manuscript may have appeared elsewhere (such as chapbooks and literary journals), but the manuscript as a whole must be previously unpublished.
Website: http://tavernbooks.com/wrolstad-series

 

Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15
Prize: $500 and publication
Contest: Short fiction or stand-alone portion of a novel or novella up to 6000 words. Looking for innovative and ground-breaking fiction
Website: http://psychopompmag.com/contests/

 

February (FEE-BASED)

Helen Short Story Contest
Deadline: February 1, 2015
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $100 and possible publication, all receive an issue of the digital magazine
Contest: Short stories about Vegas and Southern California. Word count 500-5000 words.
Website: https://helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit

 

Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: $500 and publication no later than 2016 by Vine Leaves Press, 70% royalty rights
Contest: Writers may submit a 50-60 page manuscript (20,000 words total). May be a collection of poetry and prose. Guest Judge is editor Sara Sargent from Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
Website: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html

Our October Featured Author- Chantal Bellehumeur

Durham Editing and E-books is proud to present our October Featured Author, Chantal Bellehumeur. A Canadian native who currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, Chantal has worked with us since her first submissions in Aspiring to Inspire, our 2014 Women Writers’ Anthology. Bellehumeur has contributed her wisdom and quick wit to each successive collection.

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Chantal is a multi-genre author who has had a lifelong love of writing. She says that in her youth, she used to staple pieces of paper together to form books. Spending many years in acting, Bellehumeur performed in amateur stage shows, joined a youth-run theatre company, and was an extra in commercials, television shows, and movies. Chantal met her current boyfriend while they were both working on the set of Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator. After her son was born, motherhood became her top priority. Bellehumeur began writing in her spare time, and her acting training helped her to, as she says, “put herself in the shoes of the characters” that she created.

Chantal keeps a travel journal and often uses those experiences in her stories. As a memoirist, Bellehumeur has written on motherhood, her best friend and their long distance relationship, and her boyfriend. After a diagnosis of colitis, Chantal had an article on the experience published in The Suburban.

Along with pieces appearing in multiple anthologies and compilations, Bellehumeur has ten books available through various distributors. Since her writing spans so many genres, Bellehumeur has stories that appeal to a wide range of readers, from feel-good stories to spine-tingling tales of murder and mystery. Her family-oriented short stories, originally published in The Suburban online magazine, are now available in a compilation. Chantal has also created two groups, Book Sales and Giveaways and Book Reviews, that she welcomes readers to join and take part.

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Join us for this engaging interview as we follow Chantal’s influences, her favorite places to write, and her dearly departed laptop.

When did you first start writing?

I`ve been writing since I learned how but never thought about publishing anything until a friend of mine told me I should. This was in 2009, after writing my fictional novel Veronica’s Soap Opera Life. Two other books in the series followed, as well as the original publication of my horror novel Just.Another.Common.Killer, and I have not been able to stop writing. I actually get headaches if I don’t write my ideas.

Where did you grow up, and how did it influence your writing?

I was born in Mississauga, Ontario, and moved a lot. I grew up mainly in Toronto and then Ottawa. Those cities did not really influence my writing. My travels did, however.

Where do you write? Describe this area for us.

I write in my living room. My laptop is (sorry, was, since it recently died, and I have to buy a new one, R.I.P) set up on a wooden fold-out desk which I drag close to the couch so that I may sit comfortably. I usually have a body pillow behind my back, plus a beverage and a snack which I usually forget about.

When you aren’t writing, how do you spend your time?

I try to spend as much time as I can with my son (a teenager who is now taller than I am!) or boyfriend, mainly watching movies or playing games. When I have some alone time, I enjoy reading. I am a very creative person, so I like to do arts and crafts as well. I used to paint abstract stuff. I like modeling for fun as well.

What inspires you to get out of bed each morning?

Some mornings are tough, especially when it is cold. My main motivation is my son.

What are your five favorite books, and why?

I always loved the story of Romeo and Juliet because I used to find it so romantic. I enjoyed Princess Bride for the same cheesy reason. I liked Bridget Jones’s Diary because the character felt real, and I could sort of relate to her. On a darker side, I liked the Hannibal Lector series because of the psychology behind the character.

What is the best writing advice you can give another writer?

Constructive criticism can help you improve your work, but don’t pay too much attention to critics and bad reviews. Write for those who enjoy reading your work and, most importantly, yourself. Never give up! Write every day, even if it is just about a simple occurrence in your life, your dream, or a nightmare, because practice makes perfect.

Which piece is your favorite piece you have written?

That is a tough question. I am a multi-genre author, so I like three for different reasons:
1) my horror novel Just.Another.Common.Killer because I love scaring people for fun and now like to see or read people’s reactions to the book,
2) my feel-good book Not Alone because it made me realize that I was not alone while writing it and helped with my own feeling of depression, and
3) my memoir of motherhood because I managed to immortalize my son and keep the memories alive.

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Can you tell us a little about your Special Edition: Just.Another.Common.Killer?

I received a lot of positive feedback and reviews for the original publication yet found that my publishers had priced the book too high. Several people politely mentioned that they were not buying it because they found it expensive. So, I decided to republish the story independently at a lower price AND include a bonus story that was running through my mind.

Here is a summary of the book, which can be purchased on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle:

Under hypnosis, six-year-old Jack Huntington tells his psychiatrist the dark unsolved tale of Jack the Ripper’s nineteenth century murders. Because such details are given, Dr. Philips begins to believe that his patient might have been the Ripper himself in another life. When the boy fails to give him any information that would reveal the identity of the White Chapel killer, Dr. Philips ridicules himself for having thought the impossible.

Years after killing his sisters while he was sleepwalking, Jack is claimed normal and able to re-enter the real world. He is released from the mental institution to start a new life, but he slowly starts to act upon his killer instincts and begins to remember events that happened over one hundred years ago.

Jack is ready for new games!

This special edition contains bonus material, including the new short story “Mary Kelly’s Diary.”

View the book trailer here: (Make sure to turn off the lights and turn the volume WAYYYYY up!)

On a side note, I will be holding an online release event on Saturday October 4th. Prizes to be won! Here is the link to the event.

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(Chantal Bellehumeur and her horror book Just.Another.Common.Killer (Special Edition) were featured in the September 26 issue of The Suburban Online Magazine. Here is the direct link to the magazine page. Good until October 3, and then the magazine will be archived.)

What are you working on next?

I have the first draft of a story called “Timmy’s Wish” and need to find the time to polish it up. I am hoping that it will be included in the Durham Editing and E-books’ Christmas anthology. I am also in the final stages of completing my novella Really Not Alone, the sequel to my feel-good book Not Alone. The manuscript is currently in the hands of my proofreader. I plan to release the book in 2015.

 

We want to thank Chantal for taking the time to give us a little insight into her writing. For more information on this author, please visit the links listed below.

Author’s Website: http://author-chantal-bellehumeur.webnode.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chantal-Bellehumeur-public-author-page/347446362035640

Twitter: https://twitter.com/c_bellehumeur

Book Trailers: https://www.youtube.com/user/chantalbellehumeur

Available books: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008YX5YGK

Request digital autograph:  http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/c_bellehumeur

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4538804.Chantal_Bellehumeur

 

It’s About Living

We are excited to announce that It’s About Living, the 2014 Durham Editing and E-books Memoir Anthology is now available in print and digital edition.

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You can grab a free copy on Smashwords now through October 5, 2014.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/477466
Promotional price: $0.00
Coupon Code: VR93H
Expires: October 5, 2014

You can also find a print edition on Createspace:

https://www.createspace.com/5005286

If you prefer Amazon,, the book is available in Kindle format now, and the print version will be available within the week.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NOEGKEE

 

You can also check out the great book trailer on YouTube for this collection.

Thanks for all your support for the great authors that made this collection possible!

 

Our September Featured Author – Queen of Spades

Durham Editing and E-books is proud to introduce our featured author for September, Queen of Spades. Originally hailing from Summit, Mississippi, but now calling Trenton, New Jersey, her hometown, this award-winning writer has produced collections of both poems and short stories. As a contributor to two DEE anthologies, Words of Fire and Ice and Summer Shorts II: Best Kept Secrets, her poems and stories speak to life from the depths of her soul. Queen of Spades is also a reviewer on The Review Board and featured columnist/editor-in-chief of All Authors Magazine, as well as a volunteer editor on ReadWave.

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Writing since the age of 11, Queen of Spades began to showcase her poetry in the mid-1990’s on Fireseek (later renamed Urban Poetic), an Internet website. Queen of Spades continued her online run in Vocalized Ink, House of Ra, and International House of Poets, among others. As member-turned-administrator of the International House of Poets, she hosted Soulful Branches: Simply Words and the accompanying CD, Soulful Branches: Words and Sounds.

After a publishing hiatus, Reflections of Soul and Eclectic were both released in 2013. Older works were recollected in new editions in Spaded Truths: Themes and Proclamations and Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Private Pain was an Amazon bestseller in Contemporary Poetry, Women’s Poetry, and Biographical Fiction. Two short stories, “Taint on Religion” and “Mr. Bradley’s Garden” (first debuting in Summer Shorts II) have been released independently.

Future projects include a short story collective, Continuous Drips (winter 2014), and a short story anthology, Concordant Vibrancy, presented by All Authors Publishing House (anticipated release: January 2015).

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We were able to catch up with Queen of Spades, and she graciously gave us a few answers on indie books, pen names, and the happiness of petting her cat Ma Maow.

When did you first start writing?

I first started writing at the age of eleven. At first, it was strictly journal entries. Along the way, the composition turned into mostly poetry. At the age of thirteen, prose and short story writing were added to poetry. During my high school years, I experimented with playwriting and, at the end of my senior year, was invited to write articles for my school newspaper. Everything just blossomed from there.

Where did you grow up, and how did it influence your writing?

I grew up in a small town called Summit, located in the southwestern part of Mississippi. The rural community that surrounded me was closely knit—in the sense that it wasn’t strange for neighbors to stop by for small talk or to yell across the street, “Hey, how are you doing?” Some of my writings may have a conversational type feel to them, as if you and I were sitting on an outside porch catching up. Yet the influences in my writing stem more from what I’ve experienced rather than being equivalent to my origins.

Where do you pull the inspiration for your works?

Inspiration comes from many different places. It would take quite a few pages to talk about the inspiration from my poetry collections, but I can cover some of the short stories.

• “Taint on Religion”: I wanted to explore the fine line between spirituality vs. religion and acceptance vs. redemption.
• “Mr. Bradley’s Garden”: I woke up in the middle of the night and smelled crowder peas. Since I’m living up North, one can’t find crowder peas in this area. My late grandfather grew a vegetable garden, and one of my favorite things to eat (which he grew) was crowder peas. A few hours after that, I started writing the story.
• “When Summer Lingers”: I stopped by the dollar store to pick up a few things and noticed this lady spending the longest time mulling over nail polish. When I was at the checkout counter, out of the corner of my eye she was still there. The image stuck with me.

When you aren’t writing, how do you spend your time?

I spend a lot of time reading. Even if I wasn’t doing reviews for The Review Board, I would read anyway because I love doing it. I also sketch from time to time. I listen to music and look at movies.

What inspires you to get out of bed each morning?

For me, it’s always the little things. Being able to pet Ma Maow the cat. The promise of a delectable cup of hot tea or coffee. Ideas for more stories dancing in my head. Interacting with my husband. All of those are just the icing on the cake. Overall, it’s a blessing to be able to even get up because there are so many who didn’t get the chance to.

What are your five favorite books, and why?

The best way for me to approach this question is to think of it in the following way: What are your five favorite indie books, and why? If we encompassed all, I’d be unable to narrow it down to five. These are in no particular order:

MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis by Y. Correa: I am very impressed with the accuracy of dialect and background. In this, she is able to convey passion without being overly blatant—a perfect balance between realistic and romantic.

Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks: Outstanding job with dialect, location, and characters! I actually felt like I was sitting on someone’s porch listening to the story. While reading it, I found myself speaking the accents aloud.

Glimmer and other stores by Nikki McDonagh: The originality and versatility of this collection is something one can rarely find. Each story is top notch, and all of the scenes are so vivid.

WORDPLAY: Damnation (Book Two of the WORDPLAY poetry series) by Andrew Boyd: This book has a darker feel than the rest of the collection, but it’s the “I can relate to that ambiance” which hits home. In quite a few ways, WORDPLAY: Damnation can run parallel to my work Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes in the arenas of intensity and relationship dysfunction.

As the Budda Flows by Angela “Lykebudda” White: A realistic view in poetic form of longing, loving, losing and learning. It is short but has maximum impact.

What is the best writing advice you can give another writer?

Wow! That is a tough one. If I had to place it into one statement, it would be: be at your most authentic but don’t let author blindness deter growth in the craft. Here is what I mean. With the vast amount of storylines recycled, one has to do something to catch the attention and stand out. As an author, one should do his/her best to present it in an original way (if one cannot come up with an original idea). Present what feels natural because authenticity sells better to the reader. On the same token, a writer can be so attached to his/her work that author blindness can develop—sometimes to the point where even when areas of improvement are pointed out by a reader or reviewer, the author may be a bit quick to chide that other person “just doesn’t understand the work” or is “being malicious”. The emotional reaction overtakes actually reading the comments to see if they have any merit. Being a writer isn’t for the thin-skinned. If one doesn’t want criticism, then he/she shouldn’t even press the publish button to make it public. To survive, one has to be open to improvement, even if he/she doesn’t like the delivery of the criticism.

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Do you feel that using a pen name is freeing when writing? Do you think that using a pen name puts a different set of expectations on the writer?

Yes, the use of a pen name is incredibly freeing. Queen of Spades actually started off as practically a separate person, a cathartic channel during my younger years more so than an actual pen name. I’m a different person now than I was back then, yet overall, Queen of Spades tends to fit. The second part of the question I’m not one hundred percent certain how to answer, simply because I don’t know what readers expect for a Queen of Spades publication to represent. All I can tell you is that I strive for material people can connect to—whether it is presented poetically or in the form of short stories.

What are you working on now?

(laughing to self) What aren’t I working on? I tend to keep very busy. Not sure to blame it on being a Virgo, workaholic tendencies, or both. My editing duties on Read Wave and for All Authors Magazine are pretty continuous. Reviewing for The Review Board (and individual review requests) keep me rather productive as well.
But wait, you meant writing, didn’t you?

Poetry wise: I’m broadening my horizons as it pertains to my writings so it will be bit of a wait before I come out with another poetry collection. With the exception of a possible part two to M.J. Holman’s project (and that may be more prose than anything), don’t expect to see anything until very late next year or possibly 2016.

Short stories: I am part of a collective entitled Continuous Drips, set to release in winter 2014. It will feature three short stories by me, three by author Synful Desire, and three by author Da’Kharta Rising. In addition, All Authors Publications and Promotions will debut its very first short story anthology, Concordant Vibrancy, for the start of 2015.

We wish to thank Queen of Spades for time away from her busy schedule and her insights into the world of the written word. You can find more information on Queen of Spades at the following resources.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorqueenofspades
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorqspades
Koobug (A Queen’s Ramblings): http://www.koobug.com/queenofspades
Blog (A Queen’s Ramblings): http://aqueensramblings.blogspot.com
Website: http://authorqueenofspades.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/queenspades
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/nolabels

Queen of Spades is also having a good many specials this month on her publications, and she shared the following information with us so we could share it with you. Hope you all enjoy her work!

In celebration of my upcoming (thirty something-ish) birthday, I am offering 30% off all of my paperback titles on CreateSpace. The titles must be purchased directly from CreateSpace. The discount code will not work on Amazon. The sale is from September 1st-30th. Discount Code: B8YB3TXS

On Smashwords only, the following electronic copies of these titles will be FREE for the entire month of September. Please key in the discount code in parenthesis to take advantage of the savings.

For Private Pain: Amidst These Ashes, keep your eyes on Amazon during the last week of September for a special offer!