IWSG Anthology Contest

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I can hardly believe it’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. On the first Wednesday of the month, the members share their fears and encourage others. It’s easy to join, click here to sign up. Try to visit a few new blogs and leave a comment. Alex’s co-hosts for today’s posting are DolorahTanya MirandaChemist Ken, and Christopher D. Votey.

Optional Question this Month: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

When unexpected things happen my writing is the first to suffer. Weeks will pass before I realize I’ve hit a slump and something needs to change. Writing is cathartic for me, so yes, when I sit the world and its problems fall away and I’m immersed until I come up for air. What about you?

And in other news:

The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest needs your stories!

Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Theme: Masquerade
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.

Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. 

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.


  1. I certainly become immersed in a story when I'm writing. It's an escape from reality.

  2. First to suffer, first to struggle, but unable to just let it go. It is most needed because I want to escape. I have found that harder as I have gotten older to do on command, so struggle I do. Happy IWSG Day!

  3. I can get lost and hours simply vanish.

  4. If I sit down to write through a major event, I'll never get up and take care of the issues. Nice that you can let go for a while and then get back to real life.

  5. My writing helps me through some tough times, but sometimes the tough times keep me from writing. I've learned to find time for it no matter what. I'll even put reading to the side for a while if that's what it takes to get back into my writing.

  6. I don't think I get totally lost in a story...
    Maybe that's because I haven't written a full novel-length story in one go?


Don't be shy, I'd love to hear what you think.