New Book from Nominee Christi Nogle

This Idaho author whom we’ve previously profiled has just released The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future, a collection of her horror stories “by turns devastating, horrifying, and beyond beautiful,” and drawing references to ‘Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Renegade,” or Kelly Link’s “Stone Animals.”’ (Read more and choose your favorite book vendor.)

And then there’s the Bram Stoker Award® Nomination…

On the Bram Stoker Award® Final Ballot for 2022:

  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel Beulah (Cemetery Gates Media, 2022)
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology – with Willow Dawn Becker, Mother: Tales of Love and Terror (Weird Little Worlds, 2022)

Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including PseudoPodVastarienMooncalves, and Horror Library. Follow her at Her collections Promise and One Eye Opened in That Other Place are coming from Flame Tree Press in 2023 and 2024.

ETB Crime Fiction WoC Award

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $2,000 for an emerging writer of color. This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities. The grantee may choose to use the grant for activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of the work.

The 2023 Submissions will be open February 1 – March 31. Learn more on the Sisters in Crime website.

Alexa Rose Grant…open

Until 12 March — yes, it’s that time of year!

The Alexa Rose Foundation is currently accepting grant applications. This is open to all ages, all art mediums, all experience levels, but it’s for residents of Ada and Canyon Counties, and descendents of Boise Valley Tribes, only.

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Read more on the website.

Photo by via Flickr

Weird Weather? Submissions Open

Smoking Pen Press is pleased to announce a new Call for Submissions for a short story anthology for our Read on the Run series. We’re seeking stories about weather. But we aren’t interested in fair winds or ordinary weather, we are looking for Ill Winds and Wild Weather. All genres are considered.

  • Submissions accepted 15 March – 30 April 2023
  • 1,200 to 7,000 words
  • Attach to email as DOC or DOCX file

Contact spp (at) smokingpenpress (dotcom) for more information.

Photo by NOAA on Unsplash

Better, Faster

If you’ve not yet encountered Becca Syme (who’ll be at IWG’s 2023 Idaho Writers Conference, by the way), you have not yet been introduced to a paradigm shift that could have you completely rethinking how you’ve been doing things all along (and why they haven’t worked out as you’d hoped).

The 2023 Publish Better-Faster Digital Conference will take place Friday through Sunday, 3-5 March, and as it sounds, will be entirely online. Recordings will be provided if you get overwhelmed with all that’s on offer. Read more, in detail, here — and register today.

Day One

  • The Gold Rush is Over: Publishing Landscape Post 2023
  • How Strengths Get In Our Way
  • Scalable and Sustainable Businesses
  • Sustainability Archetypes

Day Two

  • How Strengths Impact Advertising
  • How Strengths Impact Promotion
  • Marketing for 2023
  • Write to Market Archetypes

Day Three

  • What’s Holding You Back?
  • Conquering Mindset For More Success
  • Conclusion (Next Steps)

All killer. No filler.

That’s the tagline for the 4 March “Make Crime Pay” event organized and presented by Writing Magazine (UK).

This is an all-day event with options for workshops-only or interviews-only, or both, for £30 and £50, respectively.

Author interviews include:

  • John Connolly, MJ Arlidge, Shari Lapena, Gytha Lodge, BA Paris, Adele Parks, Liz Nugent, and Cath Staincliffe.

Workshops and Panel Talks include:

  • Paul Finch, Susi Holliday, Louise Jensen, Tom Mead, John Sutherland, and Roz Watkins

As the schedule is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. GMT, you’ll be relieved to know that all ticket holders will receive a recording of the event.

Cheryl Strayed, Keynote Speaker

Willamette Writers have announced the keynote speaker for their 2023 Willamette Writers Conference, 2-6 August. Registration opens 1 March.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and was made into an Oscar-nominated major motion picture.

And she hasn’t stopped there. Read about what she’s been doing since Wild.

Access to the conference is available both in-person (in downtown Portland) and online.

Their theme for this year is DREAM BIG.