Wednesday, July 7, 2021

IWSG: July 2021

 Oops. I'm really late and very apologetic. As some of you know, I'm in the middle of moving and have no internet at the moment. 

Happy IWSG day to everyone. I hope you're in the cool somewhere and have visited a lot of blogs today. Polish up those stories for the anthology. Can't wait to read them.

The Seventh Annual IWSG Anthology Contest!

Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 5000-6000

Genre: Sweet Romance

Theme: First Love

Submissions accepted: May 7 - September 1, 2021

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes. Please include your full contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. You must belong to at least one aspect of the IWSG to enter.

* A short reminder on the characteristics of a sweet romance. 

Overall, your story should be clean of offensive material, including profanity, vulgarity, excessive violence, or sexually explicit or suggestive scenes. 

Elements in your story should focus on romance, not on sex, which should be kept “behind closed doors.”

The overall plot should lead to a positive and uplifting outcome, also known as "happily ever after."

Absolutely no erotica or pornography.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges.

I'm thrilled to be a judge. I need some entertainment right now.

This month's question on what would make me stop writing?  Well, I've written almost nothing over the last 15 months, but that has nothing to do with desire. Too many other things have taken up my time. I do know grief makes it impossible for me to write, but I've always come back to it. So, I'm  not sure I will stop until I'm physically unable.

Are you thinking romantic plots for the contest? Are you managing the heat where you are? My daughter is in Jordan and a number of days in the last two weeks, we've been hotter than her. And the desert cools down at night whereas we haven't been.  Have you experienced the hectic chaos of moving to a new home recently?


  1. Hope your move goes well -- and that even moving boxes around doesn't slow down your writing!

  2. Hope the move is over soon. Never fun.
    Thanks for spreading the word about the contest.

  3. It's been a few years since I moved, but it was a huge undertaking, and one I am not eager to repeat. I hope your move is going smoothly.

  4. There's definitely times when writing takes a backseat, but like you, I always come back to it. I'm pondering entering for IWSG. Romance is the genre I thought I'd never do, but being so far out of my comfort zone might be a good reason to try it.

  5. Hope the move goes smoothly!

  6. Good luck with your move. I haven't moved in a long time, but this weekend I'm helping my daughter and her boyfriend move into her first new house. I've gone through long periods of not writing too when life got very busy or when I lost the desire for a long time after my husband died.

  7. It sounds like you are run off your feet, so i hope you get settled in soon and can get back to doing what you love, writing.

  8. Now I don't feel too bad about my current non-writing streak. It's only been a few months I haven't really been able to write much due to life stuff.

  9. Moving is a pain. Been there, done that too many times. So much chaos. Good luck with it. When you're ready, you'll get back to writing. Like me.

  10. I have quit for a season various reason, but never forever. I have not moved recently, but in the last five years I have moved three times and hated it.

  11. I've taken short breaks from writing but I don't expect I'll ever stop. I hope your move goes as smoothly as possible!