Volume 20 Number 4

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

Ernest Hemingway
July - September 2017

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.


  • Talent

    Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver’s license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, Bri, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. Copies of B. Lynn Goodwin’s Talent on Amazon, BN, and elsewhere on 11/01.

  • Shorts And Briefs

    Shorts and Briefs by Gregory Fletcher is a collection of short plays and brief principles of playwriting, with cover blurb support from Christopher Durang, Tina Howe, and Charles Busch. A craft book that entertains and applies to all of creative writing.

  • Manuscript Consultation

    Is Writer Advice's Manuscript Consultation Service right for you? Let's find out. Email the first 750 words of your work. I'll answer questions, say what I love, and make suggestions. Send to Lgood67334@comcast.net. Put Manuscript Consultation Request in the subject box.

  • Journaling

    Journaling: Gateway to Self Discovery is available by special arrangement. Contact Lgood67334@comcast.net for information.

  • Your Ad Could Be Here!

    Contact Lynn for more information.

  • Writing Heals

    Writing heals. Whether you are a current, former, or long-distance caregiver for a parent, spouse or special needs child You Want Me to Do What? Journaling for Caregivers can help you process stress and find solutions. Click on Journaling for Caregivers to order the book or visit www.Amazon.com.

  • Writing After Retirement

    Writing after Retirement paints a realistic portrayal of what it takes to get started in the industry. Learn about: • Linking one's writing to current activities • The nuts and bolts of writing • Planning one's estate • New career paths • Writing opportunities • Practical advice on how to take that first step

  • On The Rim Of Wonder

    One reviewer’s thoughts: “Juliana Lightle empowers people in her poetry collection, On the Rim of Wonder. ‘Choose. Be who you want to be; do what you want to do.’ … My only response can be, ‘I will!’

  • Poetry Resource Guide

    The Ultimate Poetry Resource Guide.

  • The Pinata-Maker's Daughter

    Scholarly Carmen Principia jumps into college socially unprepared in The Pinata-Maker’s Daughter. First, there's her weird roommate. And the men! Radical protester, Franco, who shares her Hispanic heritage, or frat rat Joe, who makes her laugh? Follow her hilarious, heartbreaking adventures. Buy at Amazon.

  • Unlikely Teachers

    Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict by Judy Ringer A practical tool to generate clarity, power, and flow in your life, Unlikely Teachers offers stories, reflection, and practice. Click on Unlikely Teachers to order or visit www.Amazon.com.

  • The Frugal Editor

    Writers can be in charge of their own careers in this economic downturn with Carolyn Howard-Johnson's multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. www.howtodoitfrugally.com

  • Book Printing

    ECPrinting has been providing affordable high quality book printing for small publishers and self publishers since 1955.

  • Jan McDaniel

    Take the next step in your writing career with me, Jan McDaniel. My editing services include a free initial consultation, line edits, plot and character feedback (for fiction), and follow up discussion. Visit janmcdaniel.weebly.com or email

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