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The Herald strives to be the one-stop community for writers on Dreamwidth. Here you will find ads and announcements for writing communities, events, contests, and challenges.

Before posting, please head to the community profile and read the rules.

The Herald is interesting in creating and maintaining a list of general writing resources, both on and off Dreamwidth. Said resources are available here. If you would like to add to the list, please leave a comment on that post and the Herald will add your suggestion. If you are suggesting a post on a personal journal that is not your own please ensure that the user will welcome the exposure.

If you have any questions please PM [personal profile] auguris or leave a comment on this post.

[community profile] verbosity

Jul. 1st, 2013 06:34 pm
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[community profile] verbosity is an encouragement community for writers. If you like colorful graphs and a little social pressure to keep your writing on track, come and check us out. A new challenge starts every week, and daily posts show who's writing and who's lagging behind.

Also, if you're doing Camp NaNo this month, it's not too late to join us for Week #1.

[community profile] we_prompt

Apr. 21st, 2013 12:03 pm
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Calling out to all original fiction

Readers… have an idea you're dying to read, but no one's written?

Writers… seeking inspiration? want to write for a captive audience?

I created [community profile] we_prompt because I wanted to fill readers' original fiction prompts, but couldn't find a listing of them anywhere. We Prompt aims to connect writers seeking inspiration with the ideas that readers would love to read.

Submit your prompt! Browse the open prompts! Spread the word! The more readers submitting and writers browsing prompts, the better it'll help eager readers and inspiration-seeking writers everywhere.
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Nominations are currently OPEN for the 2013 Rose & Bay Awards. This award recognizes excellence in crowdfunded  material.

Art: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! (0 nominees)
Fiction: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! (4 nominees)
Poetry: [personal profile] kajones_writing Nominate poetry! (2 nominees)
Webcomic: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! (5 nominees)
Other Project: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! (0 nominees)
Patron: [personal profile] kajones_writing Nominate patrons! (4 nominees)

Eligibility period: January 1, 2012-December 31, 2012
Nomination period: January 1, 2013-January 31, 2013
Voting period: February 1, 2013-February 28, 2013

One of the awesome things about the crowdfunding business model is that it breaks the stranglehold of mainstream publishing. This encourages people to publish material on topics they love for niche markets that mainstream editors would never accept. Publishing is a popular category on the crowdfunding hubs like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. What crowdfunded projects did you enjoy last year? Who did the most innovative characterization? Which artists were doing cover illustrations?  Who hosted prompt calls where you could ask for things you liked? Nominate them in the relevant category. Did you know folks who helped support those projects with donations? Nominate them as patrons!

Please drop by to nominate your favorite crowdfunded projects from 2013. Post about the award in any relevant venue to help alert more people.
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I am boosting the signal on these sub calls for Elm Books. My experience with them has been very good. Get paid for writing a story that you love.

We are looking for romance stories taking place in fantastical settings for our upcoming collection, Fae Love. Stories can be set in either completely imagined alternative realities or diverse ordinary places with a bit of magic. Good stories will be rich in detail and include solid doses of lust, fickle love, jealousy, and adventure, heat level 2.5 to 4 out of five. 3000-10,000 words. No vampires.
DEADLINE: February 1. Initial inquiries, rough outlines, or early drafts welcome.
CONTACT: Free sample PDF story if interested.

We’re looking for short stories (2,000-10,000 words) for our upcoming anthology, Death and the Detective. We’re happy to work with new, as well as seasoned writers. Here are the particulars:
-There must be a detective: cop, PI, hotel detective, security guard, insurance investigator, arson investigator, casino in-house security, local Miss Marple or whatever. Your main character must be a professional or recognized investigator of some sort.
-There must be death: accidental, purposeful, suicide, attempted, past, future, cold case…it doesn’t matter. Your plot must revolve around a death.
-Diverse heroes and heroines welcome.
DEADLINE: February 15, 2013.
CONTACT: Jess Faraday, editor at: Free sample PDF story available.

All accepted stories will appear in both the print and e-book versions of the anthology. Authors are paid quarterly royalties based on sales. We use an adapted EPIC contract.
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Cotton Candy Bingo is a bingo challenge geared toward creative works that produce warm, fuzzy feelings in their creators and viewers alike. Like other bingo challenges, participants are given a 5 x 5 card filled with prompts – 24 of them randomly generated, and a wild card in the center for the participant to use as they wish. The participants may then write stories, poems, essays, meta, or many other other forms of writing, or they may make other creative works based on each prompt, ultimately aiming toward achieving a bingo. All fandoms are welcome, as are original works.

Our main goal at [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo is promoting happy creativity. We offer a large number of prompts, and, with that, the freedom to veto individual prompts or entire categories of prompts when signing up, and the chance to interpret and fill each prompt in many different ways – we're pretty flexible. If something makes you happy and will probably make someone else happy, then it's probably welcome at [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo.

Sign-ups opened August 5th, and they will run until December 1st. The first round officially ends on December 31st, and the amnesty period begins January 1, 2013, and runs until July 1st.

We hope to have more people come and play with us!


Aug. 10th, 2012 11:39 am
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[community profile] musewrite
-Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith

It's just another community to try to give that pesky muse the inspiration to talk through prompts. Here there are no muse limits. There are no activity checks. Just watch the community for new prompts and get to answering and writing!
A list of prompts can be found HERE.

  • Watch the community

  • Prompts will go up every two weeks.

  • Answer as many prompts as you like in character.

  • Post to community with your prompt responses from your muse's journal.

  • Write. Spread the word. Pimp. Enjoy.

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In [community profile] dailyprompt there is a prompt of some sort posted each day. The idea is that you reply in the comments with fic, poetry, art, or anything else inspired by the prompt. You can also go back and respond to older prompts if any of them catch your eye.
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I run the community [community profile] crowdfunding for creators and patrons interested in this business model.  Crowdfunding is all about creative people and their audiences interacting to generate and publicize great stuff.  We use it for writing, art, music, and all kinds of other projects.  If you want to make money from your writing, but you're doing something off the beaten path that doesn't seem to grab conventional editors, consider marketing it direct to your fans.  There are tips on how to do that here.

Once a month, we hold a Crowdfunding Creative Jam.  The next one will be Sunday, August 19-Monday, August 20 with a theme of "preservation/conservation."  Come leave prompts for people to create goodies for your, or claim prompts as inspiration for your own writing.

People post about a lot of great writing projects on [community profile] crowdfunding -- both ones they write and ones they read.  Here are some examples you might like to explore ...

[personal profile] kajones_writing runs over a dozen series, mostly fantasy, some horror and other genres.  You can prompt for new stories or request continuations of current ones.  There's a credit program where you can earn perks by boosting the signal, spotting typos, etc. and use those to adopt characters or do other cool stuff.  I have a recent analysis post here.

Torn World is a science fantasy shared world.  Sometimes we announce events such as our Muse Fusion, where folks can prompt for story ideas or characters they'd like.

Aether Dancer is a steampunk shared world, centered around a webseries that's currently running a fundraiser campaign.  It's open source, which means everyone is welcome to create characters and write about them.  You can read my story, "Finding the Library."

My Poetry Fishbowl project runs once a month on [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith.  I set a theme, people give me prompts, and I write poetry based on whatever I get.  There are individual and collective perks for donations.  See the landing page for more details; see the poem tag or the serial poetry page for samples of my work.  The next session will be Tuesday, August 7 with a theme of "modern myths."

If you enjoy writing and/or reading, please drop by [community profile] crowdfunding and join the fun!
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A prompt community in the tradition of [ profile] fanfic100. Write 100 original stories, in the same setting, based on a table of words and phrases.

[community profile] originalfic100
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A prompt community aimed at original works. Prompts are posted twice a week, the first a general prompt and the second meant to inspire character development.

[community profile] stayintheroom


Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:01 pm
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Craft Advice

Cartographer's Guild: Cartographical Economics and Demographics - A Guide to Realism

Elizabeth Barrette: Cut to the Core
Elizabeth Barrette: So Your Story Needs a Prophecy
Elizabeth Barrette: Building a Fantasy World
Elizabeth Barrette: Worldbuilding II: Answering Questions
Elizabeth Barrette: Writing Exercise: Using the JerkMuse
Elizabeth Barrette: Thoughts on Rhyming Poetry

Pretentious Title: How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day
Pretentious Title: How I Plot A Novel in 5 Steps
Pretentious Title: Editing for People Who Hate Editing

Terrible Minds: 25 Reasons I Hate Your Main Character

Business Advice

Crowdfunding / Cyberfunded Creativity An excellent collection of resources explaining what crowdfunding is and how to get started.

Elizabeth Barrette: Writing Contracts
Elizabeth Barrette: Master List of Interview Questions for Writers


Chuck Wendig: Terrible Minds Advice, challenges, interviews, and personal posts on The Life. Swears creatively and often.

Rachel Aaron: Pretentious Title Advice and personal posts on writing.


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