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 31 
 on: February 16, 2018, 01:14:13 PM 
Started by elay2433 - Last post by elay2433
https://darkregions.com/blogs/news/writing-contest-open-submissions-free-to-enter-with-1-000-in-prizes

February 15, 2018

We are very excited to announce a new Dark Regions Press writing contest! Send us your best horror flash fiction story ranging from 10 to 1,000 words based on a sole survivor stranded on a deserted island and you could win from $1,000 in prizes and have the story published in digital anthologies used to promote the stories, authors and press! Five stories will be selected as winners and each author who is selected will have Dark Regions Press featuring them in ads, newsletters and on the website!

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS (MUST FOLLOW OR NO ENTRY)
WORD COUNT: 10 to 1,000 words

THEME: Horror story of a lone survivor on a deserted island

PAY: Contest with $1,000 Prize Pool - 1st place: $500 2nd place: $200 3rd place: $100 4th place: $100 5th place: $100

ADDITIONAL: the 5 winning stories will be published in digital anthologies from Dark Regions Press where the authors will be credited. DRP will also feature the authors in our newsletters, ads and websites!

ENTRY FEE: None but you must be a subscriber to the Dark Regions Press e-mail newsletter to qualify which is free to join at darkregions.com/newsletter

SUBMISSION RULES: No reprints or stories published anywhere else before including author websites. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Only one submission per author for the duration of the contest. Story must be a horror flash fiction story no more than 1,000 words focusing on a sole survivor on a deserted island.

TURNAROUND TIME/TIMELINE: all stories must be sent to Dark Regions Press by March 31st 2018. Our team will then read all of the stories and will select the 5 winners and issue prize money by Summer 2018. The winners will be announced exclusively in our e-mail newsletter after being contacted personally. The digital anthologies including the stories will be published throughout the 2nd half of 2018, 2019 and beyond.

RIGHTS: By entering this contest you agree that if you are selected as one of the 5 winners Dark Regions Press has the right to publish your winning story in digital anthologies and can offer these anthologies and/or the story for sale digitally. Two year exclusive digital rights, rights to sell the story digitally indefinitely thereafter. Your story is free to be published in any physical edition. It can also be published in Best Of anthologies within our 2 year exclusive digital rights period. After the two year digital exclusivity period the author is free to publish the story digitally anywhere else in any capacity.

´╗┐HOW TO SEND US YOUR MANUSCRIPT (READ CAREFULLY): please send us an e-mail with a subject line reading: "MY STORY TITLE - Dark Regions Press Writing Contest Deserted Island" then in the e-mail body please include a list of the following information:

Full name
Mailing address
Primary e-mail
Payment information (PayPal preferred)
Please refrain from including any credentials or other information, we wish to judge the stories purely based on the stories themselves! If you are selected as one of the winners we will ask for an author bio and photo (if available).

MANUSCRIPT MUST BE ATTACHED TO EMAIL AS A WORD DOCUMENT! .doc, .docx or .rtf are acceptable file types.

Please make sure you have read the above instructions carefully.

Send your Word Doc manuscript of no more than 1,000 words to our writing contest e-mail at: darkregionswritingcontest@gmail.com

Please only use that e-mail for story submissions for our currently active writing contests! Any other submissions/e-mails to that address will be marked as spam.

Thank you and we can't wait to read everyone's lone survivor deserted island horror stories!

 32 
 on: February 16, 2018, 01:12:20 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
I know there's not much activity here as of late, but I thought I'd post this just in case any of you pop in from time to time like I do.

https://darkregions.com/blogs/news/writing-contest-open-submissions-free-to-enter-with-1-000-in-prizes

Check it out. Could be fun.

 33 
 on: September 27, 2017, 02:57:32 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by omega1300
Just dropping in - been a long while since I've been here. Looks like flash competitions have dropped off? Hope everyone's been well!

 34 
 on: August 05, 2017, 03:51:30 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Just read the critique notes from a story I posted way back and recently rediscovered. Man, this place was a gold-mine for a period of time. I think (hope) I'm a better writer now, but if I am it was in no small part thanks to the critters back in the day.

Hi Del, good to see you dropping in.

Maybe we will resurrect the beast someday, get it going again. I do miss it. I'd much rather somebody had taken it over and kept it running, rather than me letting it slide. It was often a problem getting enough folks together at the end of each month to get a crit session going, but when writing a story to enter for a comp, or an anthology, it was really good to have a few people giving good crits to keep everything on track.

I'm writing factual stuff mostly, these days. Proposals and web site content, that type of thing. I sometimes take for granted the skills that I learned. Things like editing out pleonasms and word repeats. The frugality of words you learn from the flash challenge, and editing down to a eord count without losing meaning. All useful stuff afro

 35 
 on: August 01, 2017, 03:37:58 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by delboy
Just read the critique notes from a story I posted way back and recently rediscovered. Man, this place was a gold-mine for a period of time. I think (hope) I'm a better writer now, but if I am it was in no small part thanks to the critters back in the day.

 36 
 on: July 16, 2017, 03:33:53 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Ed, I think I've lost my mojo for a full time office job, and with the weather we've been having even a part time job feels like it might be a chore!

Anyway, a friend who runs a consultancy offered some ad hoc work last night and I think that might do me. My Financial Adviser has a plan for the pensions I have.  It just about gives me the income I need, plus the flexibility I need, and the attention that investments will need through brexit, but comes with an annual 2.5% (of the investment pot) fee. I've no idea if that fee is good, ok, or bad, so I'm currently waiting on a similar proposal from Fidelity (who hold one of my workplace pensions).

It's all a bit complicated.

Personally, I've heard so many horror stories about pensions being worthless at retirement that I don't trust the high street names. My uncle watched his pension pot grow by a meagre one or two percent for years and, frustrated by this, he asked his accountant what the hell was going on. What it boils down to is you give your money to 'Jones the Pension', or whoever else, and they invest it in funds. If the funds make money, so does your pension, but the problem is Jones pay their fund manager and take a profit for themselves, and by the time you get your share it's diminished quite a bit. What makes this doubly sickening is that the fund Jones buys into with your money already has its own fund manager, making the Jones fund manager pointless. The fund manager at the coal face buys and sells shares for the fund, spreading the risk and using his expert knowledge to choose which ones to keep and which to drop. Since then, my uncle chose to invest his pension into directly into the funds. The company he uses is Hargreaves Landsdown, and that's where I have invested mine now. He keep a close eye on his and makes strategic buys and sells. He manages to get growth anywhere between 8% and 12% per year.

I don't like financial advisors either. The commissions they take can be massive. You have to watch them. I invested a lump sum in a pension years ago as a one off. Then the net year the pensions company wrote to me asking where that year's payment was. It turned out the financial advisor had signed me up for an ongoing committment and taken a massive commission for his trouble. I managed to get it frozen, but he had taken a quarter of the money I put in as commission. I've never been to one since.

Good luck with the new part time job -- sounds good.

Jerry -- hang in there. I'm a firm believer that it'll come good one day and be better for the wait  afro

 37 
 on: July 06, 2017, 02:07:53 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Russell
Ed, I think I've lost my mojo for a full time office job, and with the weather we've been having even a part time job feels like it might be a chore!

Anyway, a friend who runs a consultancy offered some ad hoc work last night and I think that might do me. My Financial Adviser has a plan for the pensions I have.  It just about gives me the income I need, plus the flexibility I need, and the attention that investments will need through brexit, but comes with an annual 2.5% (of the investment pot) fee. I've no idea if that fee is good, ok, or bad, so I'm currently waiting on a similar proposal from Fidelity (who hold one of my workplace pensions).

It's all a bit complicated.

 38 
 on: June 27, 2017, 07:34:50 PM 
Started by Ed - Last post by elay2433
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Brainstorming, nope -- that's part of the problem. My brain needs a certain amount of downtime for creative ideas to formulate, and those 'what if?' thoughts just aren't happening with how busy I am. I would still like to pursue writing in the future as a pass time, though. Maybe in a year or two I'll be in a better position to actually do it.

I know what you mean, Ed. I hope things slow down enough for you so that you can get back to it. I'm brainstorming still, but I don't often get much farther than that. I'm attempting a reset of my daily schedule now, trying to get up early enough to get my butt back in the chair. Problem for me is discipline. I've gone as long as about 5-6 months without missing more than a few days at a time, accomplishing about one (too long) short story per month. But sooner or later I always seem to get derailed. I'll get the hang of it one of these days.


 39 
 on: May 29, 2017, 05:07:15 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Ed
Thanks for the birthday wishes, you two.

Brainstorming, nope -- that's part of the problem. My brain needs a certain amount of downtime for creative ideas to formulate, and those 'what if?' thoughts just aren't happening with how busy I am. I would still like to pursue writing in the future as a pass time, though. Maybe in a year or two I'll be in a better position to actually do it. Have you got anything fermenting in your synapses, Jerry?

Russel -- sounds like interesting times. Funnily enough, I've been thinking more about when I can afford to retire without dropping my standard of living too much. My accountant told me last week that I have to put a ton on money into my pension if I'm to avoid paying massive amounts of tax. It's put me in a bit of a quandary, because that was the money I was planning to put into property development. I've recently got cold feet about investing in property with the uncertainty and economic upheaval that is likely to accompany the next few years of Brexit, but at the same time I don't like the thought of locking my money into a pension, albeit a SIPP, for at least the next five years, but then again it's better than handing it to the govt as tax I'll never get back. Why's everything so damned complicated?

So, are you going to get yourself a part time job, or are you looking for another full time job, Russell? I know a few people who went from positions with a lot of responsibility in one field of work to ones with none in a completely different field. They found it a refreshing change.

 40 
 on: May 27, 2017, 01:37:37 AM 
Started by Ed - Last post by Russell
Happy 50th.  Oh that takes me back.

Today was my last day with the employer I'd been with for 12 years.  They did a restructure that was designed to let everyone keep their job  (at lower pay) but it meant redundancy was on offer.  I was lucky enough that I could put it tax-free straight into my pension (the equivalent of roughly 5 years contributions), and not be in too much of a hurry to find new income. I'm 58 and a good bit, and whilst I've not started talking about bowl movements, I have been thinking about how close I am to be being able to get by without having to work - or rather having to work full time in something stressful. 

Some form of retirement !!?  It creeps up on you (this age thing).


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