Volume 21 Number 2

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.”

Ernest Hemingway
Jan - March 2018

Submission Guidelines


Writer Advice Contests for 2017


Always look for the tan box on the home page to find out the latest information about our contests.


We just finished our traditional Flash Fiction Contest. The results appear on the Flash page


We’re currently planning to run some of the Honorable Mentions that have not been published in the fall issue (Oct-Dec).


Our winter issue (Jan-Mar, 2018) will include the best submissions to our Scintillating Starts Contest.

Send us 1200 word or less of the opening of your novel or memoir. Agents often decide whether or not they want to pursue a project after reading only the first page or two. We’re actually giving you more. Grab and hold your reader. 

Fee: $16,50

Deadline: December 1, 2017

All finalists can consider themselves winners and say so to potential agents.

Those whose openings are published will be paid $60 apiece.


Our next Flash Memoir Contest will open on January 1, 2018 and close on March 1, 2018. 

Our next Flash Fiction Contest will open on April 1, 2018 and close on June 1, 2018. 


Please direct all questions, but not submissions to B. Lynn Goodwin, Lgood67334 at comcast dot net. Submissions come through Submittable and the link is in the tan box on the home page.




Query first.

Only review books you recommend.
While balance is good in a review, the ones for Writer Advice should be at least 80% positive.
Honor the thought, effort, and creativity of authors.
Make at least one positive comment about the author's style.
Write about what makes the book appealing, different, unique, and worth the time it takes to read it.
Use plot points to illustrate what you say, but do not summarize the plot.
Reviews should run only 200-300 words since it is 25% harder to read online.
The editor reserves the right to cut your work or ask you to cut it if it is longer.
Thank you for sharing your reviews with Writer Advice. You earn a credit for your writing resume, good karma, and a boost to your ego when your work appears in WriterAdvice.