Genres & Words: Your Help is Invaluable

Two things today!

First Order of Business

We said the voting for Genre Reduction would be open for a week, but we already had such a great response and wonderful feedback that we decided to cut it short. Thank you for all your thoughts and votes, everyone!

If after this post you feel like your voice has not been heard, please contact Rachael by email: writingraci@gmail.com

Sooooooo! We are NOT eliminating any of the current genres (more like specific sub genres), but we ARE rearranging them into categories and subcategories, so that now we only have eight genres:

  1. Crime/detective 
  2. Fan fiction 
  3. Fantasy
  4. Historical fiction
  5. Humor
  6. Realistic fiction 
  7. Science fiction
  8. Suspense/thriller

This means that when a genre is given, it will sometimes also include a suggested subcategory (as listed here on the Battle Genres Page).

Please check out the Battle Genres page! You’ll get a good idea of what’s available in subcategories.

We really want you to challenge yourself to step out and try something new!

There is no problem with adding other genre styles within the main weekly genre theme, but try to stay true to the given weekly one.

Okay, so let’s keep this as uncomplicated as possible and just have fun doing what writers love to do: write. 🙂

Second Order of Business

We are in need of more RANDOM WORDS to get us through the end of the year! 🙂

Please share as many as five words at random in the comments. Make them anything you’d like to see incorporated into a weekly battle.

🙂 Thanks for being a part of the fun!

4 Ways Longshot Island Helps Emerging Authors

Hello, my fellow battlers! Our own Cathleen Townsend has shared some info on a great resource for writers who wish to submit their work elsewhere.

We want to encourage all battle winners to consider submitting their winning Blog Battles short fiction stories (not serials) to Longshot Island.

If your winning story is part of one that has several parts but adds up to no more than 2,500 words, you should consider taking it to Longshot. Make sure you read the rest of this over on Cathleen’s blog.

And even if you haven’t won, you should still consider the possibility. Polish up those prose and take a gander. Thanks and have a great week!

The Beauty of Words

Let’s face it–this writing gig is tough. We pour out our hearts on paper, and then we try to get people to read our words. And they’re already busy.

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1) Longshot Island can help. I’ve known Daniel White, editor of Longshot Island, for a couple years now, and I can state that he has excellent taste and is absolutely trustworthy. If you submit, he won’t spam you with an author package on sale this week only. But he might publish your work, and that’s the first way they can help us. We all need publications, and Longshot Island has already featured one of my short stories (http://www.longshotisland.com/2017/02/07/anemone/), so it’s not like you have to be famous to be considered.

My tale happens to be fantasy, but that’s not the only genre they consider. To quote from their site: “We are looking for mainstream fiction. We want stories that…

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#BlogBattle 7: February 21st “Shine” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂 BUT that’s not all! One of our talented authors, Cathleen Townsend, has kindly offered her time, experience, and expertise to help make that winning story even better by giving the winner a free critique. If your story wins you can contact Cathleen by clicking here. She’s tough but kind!

**Last Week’s Winner is Fear of Forgiveness by Rachael Ritchey**

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Shine

This week’s Story GENRE style: Folklore


STORIES:

The Wulver of Shetland Inn by Rachael Ritchey

The Mirror Chamber by The Urban Spaceman

Oak by Cathleen Townsend

A Time to Shine by Carrie Ann

See No Evil by Teresa “Tess” Karlinski


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top favorite


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

#BlogBattle 6: February 14th “Cowboy” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂

***Last Week’s Winner: Of the Freedom Fighter’s Diary by Beaton M.***

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Cowboy

This week’s Story GENRE style: Realistic Fiction

Realistic fiction – story that is true to life


STORIES:

The Devil is in the Details by Teresa “Tess” Karlinski

Fear of Forgiveness by Rachael Ritchey

Of the Thing in the Ceiling by Beaton M.


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top favorite this week.


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

#BlogBattle 5: February 7th “Adore” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

BB Badge

Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂

***Last Week’s WINNER: The Princess and the Pen by Sarah Brentyn***

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Adore

This week’s Story GENRE style: Historical Fiction


STORIES:

Seeking a Haven by Cathleen Townsend

For Suffrage’s Sake by Carrie Anne

Adore by The Bag Lady

Of Joshua Levi’s Diary (AKA Of the Freedom Fighter’s Diary) by Beaton M.

When Leonardo Met the Pope by Geoff Le Pard

Oh, Henry! by Teresa “Tess” Karlinski


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top THREE favorites (not all for the same, though!).


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.