Take Your Writing to the Next Level with Shebooks & Good Housekeeping Contest

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Have NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo got you thinking about trying your hand at longer pieces? Are you looking to break out of the online echo chamber of readers who already know you? Have you dreamed of being in an anthology or having your own ebook? Maybe it's time to try your hand at e-singles.

When Amazon first started letting people self-publish, my husband convinced me to put a few micro-poetry collections and short stories out for Kindle and NOOK. He pointed out no one would ever read the words languishing on my hard drive, but they might if I put them out there. I had to admit he was right. Those little collections never took off, but I got the bug for publishing in more ways than one and haven't stopped reaching for a broader audience since. That's why I'm excited to tell you about Shebooks.

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The brainchild of Peggy Northrop (magazine publishing executive), Laura Fraser (New York Times bestselling author) and Rachel Greenfield (book publishing executive), Shebooks brings the distribution and discoverability of women's magazines to the world of ebooks. The company will seek memoir, fiction and journalism pieces to publish in ebook format four or five times a month. Those ebooks selected will be published and promoted in women's magazines, and the writers get both an advance and an attractive royalty.

Whether you view them as long-form posts or short-form books, that 10,000-word piece of writing is a good next step in length from a blog post. If you think you can't write that long, take a look at how many posts you've written since you started blogging. You'll be amazed at how much you can write. Now there is a new possibility for getting that writing published and discovered -- because in order to really get widely read, you do have to find people outside your regular sphere.

Interested? Me, too. Shebooks launched a contest in partnership with Good Housekeeping magazine to both kick off a search for the next great pieces of fiction or memoir and to discover the next generation of writers. The winner will get $2,000 and publication in a Shebooks anthology and the May 2014 of Good Housekeeping. Entry fees are $15 and include a two-month subscription to Shebooks (the service is subscription-based, just like a magazine). But you have to act fast! Here are the details.

Shebooks/Good Housekeeping contest logo

Win $2,000 and publication in Good Housekeeping and Shebooks! Do you have a memoir about your mom, your life as a mom, or a mom you've known tucked in a drawer? Time to pull it out: Good Housekeeping and Shebooks, a new e-book publisher of great stories by and for women, are sponsoring a nonfiction writing contest. Winner receives $2,000 and possible publication in Good Housekeeping and Shebooks.

What we’re looking for:

Your story must be nonfiction, not previously published or a finalist for any other writing prize or award. To be considered, the memoir must be between 3,000 and 7,500 words. Judges will be considering submissions on the basis of their adherence to the theme (Every Mother Has a Story), originality of the story, and the quality of the writing. We’re looking for a memoir that the reader won’t want to put down!

Enter Your Story Between October 15 and December 15: All entrants will receive a free two-month subscription to Shebooks.

Are you excited about this business model? Will you either contribute and/or read shebooks? Tell us more in the comments.

Rita Arens is the author of the young adult novel The Obvious Game & the deputy editor of BlogHer.com. Find more at www.ritaarens.com.

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