Have you seen my newsletter? It’s gotten much better, to paraphrase Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. It’s easy to get better when it went from nothing to something. It has taken me a decade to finally send a newsletter, but I wanted to wait until I had something worth sharing. Now I’m confident I do.

One of my favorite jobs as an editorial assistant at a newspaper was keeping track of the community calendar. I take great pleasure in tracking down information and organizing it. My newsletter is simply that: a calendar of important dates for writer… one might even call them authortunities. (I did. Half of my children will be appalled).

Two weeks of events sent weekly. I include paying submissions, grants, fellowships, awards, deadlines, events, conventions… free, to your inbox. What is not to love? You can sign up for free here.

You’re welcome. 🥰

Here’s a sample from this week’s send out:

🔴March 31: Submit your story to Reedsy Prompts #191: Sakura for a chance to win $250. Submissions must be between 1,000 – 3,000 words and will be approved and published on Reedsy Prompts within 7 days of the contest closing. To enter, pick a prompt and submit here: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/191/

⭐March 31:  PODCAST: Advanced Crowdfunding for Authors: On this month’s Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn discuss the latest trends, strategies, and tips for authors to fund writing and publishing projects through crowdfunding. They share their own experiences and upcoming plans, while providing insights around how to set up a successful crowdfunding campaign, engage your reader community, and smash your funding goals. Beginning at 1 pm GMT. .https://www.allianceindependentauthors.org/advanced-salon/

🔴April 1: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest A prize of $2,000, a gift certificate for a two-year membership to the literary database Duotrope, and publication on the Winning Writers website is given annually for a humorous poem. A second-place prize of $500 is also awarded. Jendi Reiter will judge. Unpublished and previously published works are eligible. Submit a poem of up to 250 lines using only the online submission system by April 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines. http://winningwriters.com/our-contests

Just in case you forgot… You can sign up for free here. 😅

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.

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