IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Today’s the first group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! for 2019. It’s time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Try to visit a few new new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The co-hosts today are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue!
The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is on January 15!
Note that hundreds of agents and publishers will be checking the hashtag that day.
To find the rules and list of genre hashtags, visit the #IWSGPit page.
The IWSG Admins will be monitoring the feed. Get those Twitter pitches ready – you have two weeks!

The WEP Challenges for the year:
(Please ignore the listing in the newsletter.)

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

The big moment everyone has been waiting for – the announcement of the IWSG winners. Here are the stories and authors that have been selected for our fourth anthology:

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency 
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen, author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring! 

Congratulations to all the winners! Are you gearing up for #IWSGPit? Are you excited about the anthology winners?


  1. Congrats to the winners! It's nice to see names I don't recognize there. :)

  2. We've got a great bunch of stories and authors for the next anthology!

  3. Congratulations to the winners and another successful anthology.

  4. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories in the anthology!

  5. Plus CD was in the last anthology, so two returning authors.

  6. Congratulations! I can't wait to read the stories.

  7. I'm excited to see the new anthology launched.


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