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We are a small friendly group who write in all genres. We meet at Wombourne library on the first Wednesday each month at 7.15pm. First meeting is free, afterwards membership is £1 per month.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Calling the sci fi writers!

Carina Press is pleased to announce a call for submissions for our 2012 holiday collections. This will be the only open collection call for 2012 and is an excellent opportunity for authors interested in participating in the normally by-invitation-only Carina Press collections.

Carina is looking for science fiction novellas with a winter holiday theme, to be published digitally both individually and as a collection in December 2012. The novellas should be from 18,000 to 35,000 words and feature science fiction elements as integral to the novella. The stories do not need to be romance, or even have romance elements, but can be straight science fiction, or science fiction with romantic elements, and can also feature elements of mystery, thriller, horror or other sub-genres. Additionally, there is no set heat level for these stories, so they can have no sex, or be ultra-sexy, or anything in between.

I recognize that saying simply “science fiction” leaves room for a tremendous amount of interpretation within the genre. However, this is preferable as I feel narrowing it down too much might leave out something amazing.

Essentially, we’re looking for interesting, creative, well-written stories within the science fiction genre that will appeal to readers’ imaginations and add to our growing catalog of science fiction stories.

The science fiction holiday collection will be edited by Angela James and supported by a marketing and promotion campaign both online and in print. In addition, each author chosen to contribute to the anthology will receive a set number of limited-edition print copies for their own use in giveaways and contests (or to decorate their own bookshelves).

To submit, please send your completed manuscript and synopsis, along with query letter to submissions@carinapress.com by March 15th, 20112. In the subject line, please put SciFi Holiday: Manuscript Title and Author

All submissions will be reviewed and final decision made by April 30th, 2012.

For questions about this call for submissions, please email Angela James at submissions@carinapress.com

For more information about Carina Press, and to read the submission guidelines, please visit www.carinapress.com

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


to the newest member of Wombourne Writers - Beatrice Olivia born on Bonfire Night! Congratulations to Vik and family from all at Wombourne Writers.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November Homework

7th December meeting, Xmas party. Judie will email everyone with suggestions of what food/ drink to bring. Please bring a decorated hat with a literary theme. Homework is poetry or prose on the theme 'An Alternative Christmas'. Also, don't forget to bring a giftwrapped book for the book swap - second hand or gently read books are fine.

January's meeting will be held on the SECOND Wednesday (11th Jan 2012)- as we felt not many would turn out so close to NewYear. The homework is a short story (1000- 2000 words), any genre, on the theme of 'Clocks'. This is for a competition, closing date 31st Jan. For full details see www.birminghambookfestival.org There are prizes!!