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June 22, 2022

Thrilled that my story, Frieda’s Blessings will be featured in this wonderful anthology from Praire Soul Press, to be released this fall

March 23, 2022

https://inkandinsights.com/

A few years ago I entered this contest with 10,000 words of an early (and rough) draft of a YA novel, plus a one-page synopsis. I received detailed feedback from four different editors, each marked my manuscript out of 250 points.

I was happy to have placed 12 out of 156 with a total of 893 points out of a possible 1000.

The feedback was brilliant and very helpful as I revised this manuscript

Last year, I decided to enter again, with a very early and incomplete version of my new manuscript, (plus a messy synopsis of this book I hadn’t finished writing yet—and we all know how much a story changes as we write it.)

Receiving feedback from four different editors allows you to look for common issues, and those are typically the things that need to be resolved. This contest gives you so much for such a small cost, right now it’s only $40, and is a great way to see if your draft is working.

I received my marks and feedback fairly quickly, but it took over a year to get my final placement in the contest, and I couldn’t be happier.

Well, that’s not exactly true, lol, I missed the money (for the top 3 entries) by one placement, but considering how rough this draft was, I’m thrilled.

Writer friends, this might be a contest worth checking out for your WIP.

My results for 2021:

Submission #: 019A

Title: Just a Little Push (This title has now been changed to The Unravelling of Emma Hill—which I like much better)

Possible points for each scoresheet: 250

Total possible points: 1,000

Judge #1: 245 pts.

Judge #2: 239 pts.

Judge #3: 227 pts.

Judge #4: 232 pts.

Point total for this manuscript: 943

Placement in contest: 4 out of 125

This is the manuscript I signed with my agent for and these results, of such an early draft, give me hope this book will one day be on a bookshelf for you all to read.

January 29, 2022

A while back I received an email from a woman, CeCe Williams, who runs a digital magazine called Where it Begins in Atlanta Georgia. Apparently, she read a piece of mine in the Be You edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul and asked if I would be willing to be interviewed for the magazine. I was both surprised and flattered, and thought, why not?

My interview is in the latest issue. You can find it on page 24.

January 10, 2022

2022 is off to a fabulous start. I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m now represented by @NaomisLitPix at @bookendslit, one of the most positive lights in publishing, for my upmarket, messy, multigenerational WF with a splash of magic!

January 01, 2022

Writing is a powerful passion of mine, and something I can’t imagine not doing, but…it can also be a lonely, thankless job, filled with endless rejections and the crushing weight of imposter syndrome. But every now and then something happens that reminds you of the reason you write.

This is now the fifth time someone has reached out to thank me for something I’ve written for a Chicken Soup for the Soul edition, and it brings me to tears each time it happens.

I received this email from a reader today:

Happy New Year Leslie

I am reading the book THe Blessings of Christmas (part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series) and just read your story and am writing to say thanks for sharing it with me, a reader. It brought back memories that caused me to remember moments when others had been warmly kind to me in similar unexpected ways over the years as a single parent with two young boys.

While still reading this book, I feel that the wonderful stories inside the covers have kept that feeling of Christmas alive and well for days after all the other presents have been opened, the food eaten etc.

Your story is one of my Christmas blessings for 2021.

Don’t give up, my fellow writers. Keep writing those stories, and keep sending them out. Your words matter.

October 28, 2021

Pulp Literature

Join us this Saturday at noon PDT for the launch of Pulp Literature Issue 32! With readings from Dan MacIsaacLeslie WibberleyDK Perlmutter, Frances Boyle, Robin Malcolm, Aldona Dziedziejko, Matthew Nuclear Jackal Nielsen, Kelsey Hutton, and JM Landels.

Join the Pulp Lit Launches Discord Server now to enter for door prizes and chat with authors https://discord.gg/3J6JAHtg

https://youtu.be/lhYSDBsWiGE

August 04, 2021

Celebrating another little win for me this morning. Gotta hang on to these small ones to make up for all the rejections, right?

Congratulations! Your entry, Her Choice, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Genre Short Story category of the 90th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.

I’ve been so incredibly lucky with this contest.

Check it out, writing peeps, and perhaps consider entering next year. Remember, to quote a Canadian hockey hero, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

I take so many shots, and 99% of them don’t even come close to the net, but every once in a while, I get a lucky bounce off a post or a skate, and I score. https://www.writersdigest.com/…/annual-writing-competition

August 02, 2021

So excited to have a new story in this wonderful edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul, my seventh.

July 17, 2021

Yay, a little bit of good news to balance out the rejections. Made it into my 7th edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Dear Leslie

Your story “The Girl Who Came for Christmas ” has made it to the final selection round for Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Blessings of Christmas. We are so appreciative of your participation and very excited about this book

June 28, 2021

A nice little surprise today in the midst of this intense “heat dome” we’re suffering through.

the 2021 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize Longlist!

Small but Mighty

This year’s Hummingbird contenders packed their powerful literary punch in petite literary packets!

We’re delighted to announce the longlisted authors, shown alphabetically by first name. Those with a (2) have two stories up for the next round.

Alex Reece Abbot

Ashton Russell

Christine Breede

David Lewis

Debbi Hofsink-Borst

Edeana Malcolm

Hannah van Didden

Kevin Sandefur

Kimberley Aslett

Leslie Wibberley

Maria Marchese

Mary Jill Malleck

Megan W Shaw (2)

Natalie Harris-Spencer (2)

Robert Edward

Shanda Connolly

Congratulations! And thank you to all of our submitting authors for sharing your words and supporting Pulp Literature!

October 30, 2020

For good or for bad, I’m reading a brief excerpt from my story, The Poison Garden, released on December 4th. Join us to hear these amazing authors read snippets of their wonderful stories.

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October 27, 2020 NOT ALL MONSTERS trade paperback is now live! CRADLELAND OF PARASITES is on its way soon. Though if you’re interested in BOTH plus extra goodies, I recommend reading the article below from the publisher and following the breadcrumbs…
https://roosterrepublicpress.com/…/not-all-monsters…/

Interview with Mindy McGuiness of Writer Writer Pants on Fire

https://www.mindymcginnis.com/blog/how-old-is-too-old-to-begin-a-writing-career?fbclid=IwAR1-r7uU4Yq11FYw5GBmLJFJ2zTUP5O3d46GiFLEBzVHV09tW1L8JhZP_SI