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Sixth Annual Ooligan Editors’

Choice Fiction Contest

Sponsored by Portland State University’s Publishing Program and Ooligan Press

The Advanced Book Editing class wants your stories!

Submit your original short story on the theme MAKING MONSTERS.

The Ooligan Press Editors will carefully select and professionally edit the five entries that best exemplify originality, reader appeal, and writer’s craft. The winning stories will receive the Ooligan Editors’ Choice Award and will be published in Ooligan’s Best Short Stories of 2010 (our annual electronic journal).


Stories must not have been previously published

Maximum of 4,000 words

One story per person

Authors will retain copyright to their writing

To Enter:

Send a Word document, double-spaced and formatted in 12-point type, as an e-mail attachment to nancycdinzillo@gmail.com. Include the title of your story. In the body of your e-mail, include your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

All submissions are due by May 1st, May Day.

Read past winners at www.ooliganpress.pdx.edu


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So, I wasn’t really planning to post an event, but I had to post about this one – the Seattle Edible Book Festival. This weekend, food and books will combine when “artists” (really, book nerds and foodies) make their own renditions of books from edible items.

The categories are:

  • Most Pun-derful     –       Susan Hildreth, City Librarian
  • Most Drop-dead Gorgeous    –      Jay Friedman, Gastrolust & Seattlest.com
  • Most Delectably Appetizing    –    Cynthia Lair, cookus INTERRUPTUS
  • Best Young Edible Artist (K-12)    –    Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times, Book Editor
  • Best in Show – voted on by the hungry horde and presented by Edible MC Nancy Guppy

These are awesome categories, and I really wish I could afford to go up there and see the contestants, especially for the Pun-derful category. What an awesome idea for an event!

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I’ve already shown that I’m a fan of traditional publishing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think that authors have a responsibility to market their own books. Books are increasingly associated with their authors – to the point that people buy books based on their author’s presence online or in the media. And while publishers are creating press kits and setting up interviews and events, there are other avenues that only the author can explore.

So, for all authors, here’s a list of things you can do to increase your visibility to readers:

1) Create a website/blog/Facebook account/Twitter  account (or all of the above)
2) Enter contests of all types
3) Publish articles in print and online about anything in your book. For example, if your mystery novel takes place in Eastern Oregon, write a fun travel article about the locations you used, send it to a travel site, and add just a little hook at the end about your book.
4) Give dynamic “readings,” interviews, and presentations. Reading from your book isn’t enough – you need to give an audience a good show. (See this article)
5) Send book to reviewers (ones that your publisher might not be considering)
6) Try to get a book club to read your work. Even if you have to create such a group, word of mouth is an amazing marketing tool.
7) If it’s applicable (which it often is for fiction books), create a book trailer and post it online.

These are all just ideas – but they can all work to your advantage. So go forth and market!

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I’m going to try and post one Portland literary event per week.

This week, I would like to announce that Indigo Editing & Publications, a company very dear to me because I had my first internship there, is hosting a Mini-Sledgehammer Writing Contest this Tuesday (April 6).

It’s a Mini-Sledgehammer, because a few times a year Indigo puts on Sledgehammer Writing Contests that lasts 36 hours – but this one is a writing contest where you get a prompt and only have 36 minutes to write a short story before stories are judged and prizes are given.

Alan Dubinsky, the winner of last year’s contest, will begin the event with a reading. The Mini-Sledgehammer is free, and will be located at Blackbird Wine (in NE Portland) at 7pm. That means you get to write, hear other people’s stories, and get prizes while boozing it up – a perfect evening!

Good luck to all the writers who participate!!

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April is the national poetry month! I don’t read much poetry, but there are some poets I really like. My favorite book of poetry is Kim Addonizio’s Tell Me, followed closely by Harryette Mullen’s Sleeping with the Dictionary. Both of these are great if, like me, you aren’t really into spiritual/nature/too deep for their own good poets.

And just for fun, here’s a couple sites for poetry lovers:

Poets.org’s April Poetry Month page and a list of Poetry contests this month from Madpoetry.org.

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