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Welcome to the 23rd issue of the Weekly Prophet, a weekly newsletter that focuses on creative writing, publishing opportunities, life. Hello, new subscribers! Thanks for being here. 
Langley | December 6, 2020

I'm Already Thinking About 2021

But not in the way you might think. 

I'm not thinking about vaccines or things going back to normal. It's more about what I want to achieve in the upcoming year. 

Because no matter what happens, I still have the time, ability, and responsibility to write - for myself and others. Thank goodness. 

It's why I've dedicated December to making 2021 the best year yet. So I've been trying some new things out, like apps and productivity hacks, and I'm going to share that with you this month. 

I don't want to give too much away - a little mystery isn't a bad thing. 😉  But I did want you to start thinking about your marketing, both on your website and social media.

What can you do better? How can you improve it? What are you doing well?

So take the time to think about it and tune in this week on the blog. I've got something up my sleeve that could help you answer those questions.

But in the meantime, check out my post on setting realistic writing goals, and start thinking about how you will make 2021 way better than 2020. 

Upcoming Publishing Opportunities

I want you to have more time to prepare your submissions, so here's a look at some upcoming publishing opportunities:
  • Statement is looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scripts, graphic novels, translations, and hybrid writing in an attractive print annual.
  • Cemetery Gates Media publishes fantasy and supernatural fiction and is looking for novel manuscripts. You must have two paid publishing credits to qualify. 
  • The Sunshine Review publishes poetry and short stories. The deadline to submit is December 30, 2020. (If you wouldn't mind, please share this with your writer friends. I'd greatly appreciate it.)
  • Writer's Digest is looking for flash fiction submissions for its 21st Annual Short Short Story Competition. The deadline to submit is December 15, 2020.
Need some extra holiday money? Here are five paid publishing opportunities to pursue in December:
  • Baffling Magazine is looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent.
  • Curiouser Magazine publishes short fiction and poetry.
  • Escape Artists publish fantasy short fiction on their website and podcast.
  • Ninth Letter accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translated works. They want work that experiments with form, narrative, non-traditional subject matter, and more traditional literary work.
  • The Cincinnati Review accepts fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, poetry translations, and art. Please query for drama submissions.
(Some of these companies have additional paying markets that are currently open or about to open.)

Good luck to everyone who chooses to submit! Please don't forget to check out the publisher to ensure that your work is a good fit, and follow submission guidelines to the letter.

This week on Danielle Adams... 

The editors want essays and poetry from Indigenous migrants, Black migrants, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Arab communities settled primarily in the Midwest and border towns in the US.
On Tuesday, we talked about what you need to do after NaNoWriMo ends. Editing might be your first thought, but that's not exactly the right answer. Read the post to learn why. 
On Thursday, we talked about setting realistic writing goals for the New Year. You get a sneak peek into what I wanted to do this past year and a chance to help me make new ones for 2021. 
Writer's Digest is looking for flash fiction in its latest competition. If you think you can write a story in less than 1,500 words, you should submit. The deadline is December 15, 2020.  
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What I'm Working On

Finding my zen. It's been a crazy busy week on my end, which you'll find out more about by following the Tuesday and Thursday blog posts! 

(Okay. I'll stop with the shameless self-promotion now.)

I got the rest of my Christmas shopping done, which is a huge relief. I just need to wrap things up. 😉

Other than that, my husband and I were introduced to the YouTub channel How to Drink. It goes over how to make various cocktails and their history.

We've now binge-watched most of the channel and have decided to quit our day jobs to become alcoholics. (I'm kidding. But we do want to start making some concoctions of our own.)

But mostly, my week was all about writing blog posts with a bit of literary magazine work thrown in there.

What I'm Reading

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I did not get any reading in this week. If it wasn't an informational article related to research, It didn't get read. 

I'm hoping to get through the few submissions for The Sunshine Review tomorrow and make some decisions. I should also have time to get back into reading other things and write my review for Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. 

Thanks for reading this far. 

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

I'll be back on December 13.

Danielle Adams

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