Writer Advice’s 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest

Writer Advice Wants You!Writers advice from The Elements of Style

Entice us. Submit the opening (up to 1500 words) of your book (any genre) to Writer Advice’s 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest. I’ll respond like an agent/editor. You get perspective.

DEADLINE: October 18, 2013. 

JUDGES: Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin will judge and may consult with other writers as part of the process. All finalists are winners (small cash award) & can say that to prospective publishers.

PRIZES: Small cash award split evenly among all winners.


1. Include your name, contact information, and title in the cover letter, but only include your title in the submission so it remains anonymous.

2.   Tell us if the submission is fiction or memoir in the cover letter.

3.   Since we judge these anonymously, please don’t tell us your background or where you’ve been published. If you are a finalist, we’ll ask for a bio.

4.   Please double-space your submission.

SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be submitted through Submittable. Submit to Writer Advice. You may enter UP TO THREE stories, but each is a separate submission with a separate fee of $20.

Winning pieces will be posted in the fall issue of Writer Advice. E-mail questions, but not submissions to editor B. Lynn Goodwin at Lgood67334@comcast.net

Need Help With Your Manuscript? Writer Advice Can Help You!

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Do you need an honest opinion about your writing? Have you written a manuscript that you need help with? Are you looking for a professional proofreader and copyeditor? Do you just need someone to help you to brainstorm and get organized? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, I recommend you get in touch with Writer Advice. Writer Advice is a reasonably priced Manuscript Consultation Service that also offers a number of writer’s resources.

They have grown from an e-mailed research newsletter for writers into an e-zine that invites reader participation and celebrated their ten-year anniversary in October 2007. Writer Advice’s quality fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, and articles reach readers around the globe.

The primary focus has always been author interviews, and editor B. Lynn Goodwin has had the privilege of corresponding with over 90 well-known and debut authors who have shared their experiences, insights, and inspiration with readers. Recent interviews are archived.

Today Writer Advice not only promotes authors through its interviews but also publishes both experienced and emerging writers, showcasing fresh ideas and high quality writing. Click on Guidelines to learn more. They accept book reviews, prose and poetry. Because reading onscreen is 25% harder than reading on paper, Writer Advice prefers shorter pieces.

They are currently running their 8th Flash Prose Contest and seek flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight them. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

DEADLINE: Submit to the 8th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 18, 2013.

Want to contribute on the editorial side? Writer Advice needs help with publicity. Tell your writing peers about them. Bring them advertisers. Make suggestions and be prepared to spearhead the project. Volunteer your services and they will probably say yes. They particularly need a Promotions/Marketing Director. E-mail Lgood67334@comcast.net with your ideas.

About B. Lynn Goodwin

B. Lynn Goodwin is the author of You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling forYou Want Me To Do What? Caregivers and is the owner and editor of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com.

Her work has appeared in Voices of Caregivers; Hip Mama; the Oakland Tribune; the Contra Costa Times; the Danville Weekly; Staying Sane When You’re Dieting; Small Press Review; Dramatics Magazine; Career; We Care; Thickjam.com, Friction Magazine, and The Sun.

Last year she worked under contract for CaregiverVillage.com and StudySync.net. She currently conducts workshops and writes reviews for Story Circle Network and blogs for InspireMeToday, and is at work on two manuscripts, one YA and one memoir.


You Want Me To Do What? Journaling For Caregivers by B. Lynn Goodwin

Book Review
Title: You Want Me To Do What? Journaling For Caregivers
Author: B. Lynn Goodwin
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
Released: 2009
Pages: 160
ISBN-10: 1606962973
ISBN-13: 978-1606962978
Stars: 4.0

You Want Me To Do What? Journaling For Caregivers is a little book that just might save the sanity of anyone who is a caregiver and can understand the therapeutic benefits of writing and how important it is to manage powerful emotions. You could be looking after an elderly parent, relative or friend with Alzheimer’s, cancer, or any number of diseases, a special needs child, or simply need an outlet for processing your emotions or unleashing your creativity. Journaling’s power to heal is great; it can relieve stress and lift your spirits, heal wounds and enhance mental stability.

B. Lynn Goodwin has compiled a book of inspirational prompts which encourage the journal keeper to write even when they may not be able to think of something to write about. She talks about how writing can save lives, how you can write your story, and how you can get started, and she also writes from the perspective of someone who obviously knows what she’s talking about.

Author B. Lynn Goodwin is a freelance writer, former caregiver and retired drama and English teacher who worked in both high school and college. Her writing has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and e-zines. In addition to teaching workshops on caregiving and writing for other publications, Lynn writes reviews and author interviews for Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.comand is the founder and managing editor of the e-zine, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in October 2007.”

You Want Me To Do What? packs a whole lot of understanding and motivation in a pocket sized book that you can easily carry with you in your purse or book bag, everywhere you go, so that whenever you’re feeling inspired to write (or even when you’re not), you’ll have an outlet. For beginners, this book offers sections broken down into Thoughts About Me, Thoughts About Caregiving, Thoughts About the One I Care For, and Thoughts About Reclaiming Myself, as well as simple but encouraging prompts such as:

• Today I feel…
• The truth is…
• No one knows I worry about…
• When I want to escape…
• If I could change one thing in our routine…

and dozens and dozens of great starters as well as ten terrific writing tips to help you to put your thoughts and feelings down on paper.

“This journal is your personal record of your emotional truth. It is a place to heal and grow. Don’t judge away your negative thoughts. They are only thoughts – not actions. Instead of banishing them, keep writing…Nothing is too petty, too silly, too stupid, or to weird to be included.”

You will probably need to buy your own blank journal to write in because you’ll ultimately need the space, but this companion guide for journal writers is perfect to get you going. It makes a fantastic and inexpensive gift: the kind of gift that will keep on giving.