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Vote For Your Favorite Story!

It was hard to pick the finalists for our holiday short story contest. All the entries were special in their own right, and the judging was close, but we finally narrowed our choices to three entries:

  • Danny’s Secret by Judy Ann Davis
  • Grandma’s Cookies by Cynthia Hepner
  • A Gift of Kindness by Sue Ellis

Click here to find the links to the stories: Vote For Your Favorite Story! Leave a comment on that post telling us which is your favorite story. The story with the most votes wins.

Judging ends July 31, 2012 at 12:00 am ET. Winner will be announced on August 1, 2012.

The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology, Second Helpings.

Congratulations to Judy Ann Davis, Cynthia Hepner, and Sue Ellis. Best of luck to all of you!

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Second Wind Publishing Newsletter

There is a lot going on with Second Wind Publishing lately, and we’d like to share our news with you.

We’re closing in on 100 titles! The most recent fiction releases are It All Started With a Dog and the sequel All Good Things by Leigh Somerville, the first offerings in our new chick lit imprint, Sandpiper, and Tattletale Roadhouse and Social Club a compilation of humorous short stories by Tony R. Lindsay. The most recent non-fiction releases are From Victim to Victory, the story Regina Lane, the Integon Victim of Winston Salem, written by Regina Lane and Dr. Linda F. Felker, and Grief: The Great Yearning by Pat Bertram. And more books will be coming soon!

Our newest anthology, Change is in the Wind, a fresh, challenging collection of seventeen short stories by as many authors, all dealing with the theme of change and renewal, is on sale for $.99 at Smashwords.com. To get your copy of the anthology, click here and use coupon code FC75E when purchasing. Not only will you be introduced to some wonderful writers, you will save $6.00!

We are a sponsoring a short story contest, and the winner will be published in our next anthology, Second Helpings, a compendium of holiday stories with an accompanying recipe. Good company and good food, what’s not to like! There is no entry fee for the contest, and everyone and every genre are welcome. You can find the contest rules here: Invitation to Submit an Entry to Our Short Story Contest Hurry! The deadline for submitting an entry is June 30, 2012.

With so much going on, we need your help! We’re looking for reviewers for Second Wind ebooks. If you’d like to review one or more of our collection of books, please leave a comment on this blog or contact us at secondwindpublishing(at)gmail.com [Be sure to replace (at) with @ and use “review” for the subject line.] You can pick whatever genre (or titles) you’re interested in. We’ll send you coupons for free downloads at Smashwords, where you can get the books in the format of your choice. Our only request is that you post the reviews on Amazon. You can also post them on Goodreads, Smashwords, your blog, or wherever you wish.

The first chapters of Second Wind books are posted here for you to sample: First Chapters.

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Thank you for your continued support of Second Wind Publishing. The story is just beginning . . .

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Invitation to Submit an Entry to Our Short Story Contest

Second Wind Publishing invites you to submit an entry to our holiday short story contest.

Entries are to be holiday stories of any genre that mention a food of some kind. (The food item can be a focus of the story or simply a prop.) The winner will be included in Second Helpings,  a short story/recipe anthology to be released in time for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Years. So, be thinking of holiday stories with delicious recipes. The story and recipe must be your own original work since the recipe will also be published in the anthology. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The story must not exist in print form or in any current or upcoming anthology. The story must be no longer than 5,000 words.

The contest is open to anyone in the world, 18 or older, though the entry must be written in English. There is no entry fee. The best entries will be posted on the Second Wind Publishing contest blog for everyone to read and comment. The authors and management of Second Wind Publishing will choose the three finalists, but reader comments will be taken into consideration. Entries will be judged on originality, readability, writing skills, characterization, plot, and how well they fit in with the theme of the anthology. Spelling and grammar count. The decision of the judges is final.

Everyone is welcome to vote for the winner, which is to be chosen from the three finalists. The winner will be the finalist with the most comments.

The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology, Second Helpings. (Title is subject to change.)  The winner will also receive a coupon from Smashwords.com for an unlimited number of free downloads of the anthology for one month. The coupon can be sent to as many people as you wish during that month. The winner will also be able to purchase an unlimited number of print copies of the anthology at half price plus shipping costs. And the winner will receive a one year free VIP account from Angie’s Diary, the online writing magazine to help you get even more exposure for your writing. ($99 value).

All entries will be deleted once the contest is over.

The contest begins April 1, 2012 and ends June 30, 2012.

Schedule:
June 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET: Contest ends.
July 1 — July 15, 2012: Judging of entries by 2W (and 2W authors) to pick top three entries
July 15 — July 31, 2012: Judging of the three finalists by blog readers to pick the winner
August 1, 2012: Winner announced
October 1, 2012 Book published (In an ideal world …)

Please send your entries as a Word .doc or .docx to secondwindpublishing(at)gmail.com Be sure to replace (at) with @ and use “Holiday Contest” for the subject line.

See complete listing of rules at http://secondwindcontests.wordpress.com/

Best of luck to all of you!!

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Congratulations to the Second Wind Short Story Contest Winner!

Congratulations to LeeAnn McLennan! LeeAnn won our short story contest for her wonderful story “Dormant.” Dormant will be published in Change is in the Wind, an anthology of stories about spring/renewal, which will be published by Second Wind Publishing this spring. (April 1, 2012 if all goes as planned.)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest, either by submitting a story or by voting for your favorite.

This contest went so well, on April 1, 2012 we’ll be accepting contest entries for holiday stories focused around a recipe. The winner will be included in an anthology to be released in time for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, and Christmas. So, be thinking of holiday stories with delicious recipes, and we’ll see you again on April 1st at the Second Wind Contest Blog.

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The Finalists for the Second Wind Short Story Contest Have Been Posted!!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our short story contest a success. The finalists have been posted. Now all that’s left is the small matter of choosing the winner. Click here to find out who they are, read their stories, and vote for the winner: The three finalists.

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Only Four More Days to Enter The Second Wind Short Story Contest!!

Second Wind Publishing invites you to submit an entry to our short story contest. Deadline is 11:59 pm December 31, 2011.

Stories are to be about spring or renewal. They must be your own original work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The story must not exist in print form or in any current or upcoming anthology. The story must be no longer than 5,000 words. The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology, Change is in the Wind.

The contest is open to anyone in the world, 18 or older, though the entry must be written in English. There is no entry fee. The best entries will be posted on this site for everyone to read and comment. The authors and management of Second Wind Publishing will choose the three finalists, but reader comments will be taken into consideration. Entries will be judged on originality, readability, writing skills, characterization, plot, and how well they fit in with the theme of the anthology (spring or renewal). Spelling and grammar count. The decision of the judges is final.

Please send your entries as a Word .doc or .docx to secondwindpublishing(at)gmail.com Be sure to replace (at) with @

For more information, click here: Second Wind Publishing Short Story Contest

Best of luck to all of you!!

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Short Story Contest! No Entry Fee!

Now that you’ve blogged about what you are thankful for and stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving goodies, now that you have finished your NaNoWriMo entry and celebrated your success, now that you have survived your Black Friday shopping and have not yet gotten into the Christmas mood (or have already gotten out of it)…

Think Spring!!

Second Wind Publishing is sponsoring a short story contest. The theme is . . . you guessed it! Spring. Spring and renewal to be exact. Your stories do not have to be light and uplifting (which should be welcome news for all of you writers who pen dark fiction), but they do have to fit the theme. The story should be your own work, no more than 5,000 words, and must not have been published anywhere, not even on your own blog.

There is no entry fee.

The contest is open to anyone in the world, 18 or older, though the entry must be written in English. The deadline is December 31, 2011. The best entries will be posted on the Second Wind Contest Blog for everyone to read and comment.

The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology, Change is in the Wind. This anthology is a collection of stories by the authors of Second Wind, so you will be in good company. The winner will also receive a coupon from Smashwords.com for an unlimited number of free downloads of the anthology for one month. The coupon can be sent to as many people as you wish during that month. The winner will also be able to purchase an unlimited number of print copies of the anthology at half price plus shipping costs. And the winner will receive a one year free VIP account from Angie’s Diary, the online writing magazine to help you get even more exposure for your writing. ($99.95 value).

So what are you waiting for? Encouragement? Then here it is: you can write a wonderful short story! Please send your story as a Word .doc or .docx to secondwindpublishing@gmail.com. We are looking forward to reading it!

For more information, click here: Second Wind Contest Blog.

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Short Story Contest!!

Second Wind Publishing invites you to submit an entry to their short story contest.

Stories are to be about spring or renewal.

Contest entries must be your own original work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Self-published stories are acceptable, but the story must not exist in print form or in any other anthology. The story must be no longer than 5,000 words.

The contest is open to anyone in the world, 18 or older, though the entry must be written in English. All entries will be posted on the Second Wind Contest Blog for everyone to read and comment. The authors and management of Second Wind Publishing will choose the three finalists, but reader comments will be taken into consideration. Entries will be judged on originality, readability, writing skills, characterization, and plot. Spelling and grammar count. The decision of the judges is final.

Everyone is welcome to vote for the winner, which is to be chosen from the three finalists.

The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology, Change is in the Wind. (Title subject to change.) The winner will also receive a coupon from Smashwords.com for an unlimited number of free downloads of the anthology for one month. The coupon can be sent to as many people as you wish during that month. The winner will also be able to purchase an unlimited number of print copies of the anthology at half price plus shipping costs.

All entries will be deleted once the contest is over.

The contest begins today, October 3, 2011 and ends December 31, 2011.

Schedule:
December 31, 2011 at 11:59 pm: Contest ends.
January 1 — January 15, 2012: Judging of entries by 2W (and 2W authors) to pick top three entries
January 15 — January 31, 2012: Judging of the three finalists by blog readers to pick the winner
February 1, 2012: Winner announced
April 1, 2012 Book on Amazon for sale (In an ideal world …)

Please send your entries as a Word .doc or .docx to secondwindpublishing@gmail.com

Best of luck to all of you!!

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Congratulate the Winner of the Second Wind Short Story Contest!

Murder_on_the_wind-150x224On July 11th, Sheila Deeth posted an article on gather.com saying: I entered Second Wind Publishing’s “Murder in the Wind” competition, and my short story is one of three short-listed for inclusion in the anthology. Now I just need to garner some votes and I might get published in the same volume as Pat Bertram and other favorite authors…Well, at least I can dream.

Today Sheila’s dream — at least that one — came true. Her short story, “Jack” is the winner of Second Wind Publishing, LLC’s “Murder is on the Wind” Contest!

Sheila’s reaction? I really won! I’m really going to have my story published in Second Wind’s mystery anthology! With Pat Bertram and other real authors! I’m so thrilled!  It’s a good job it’s evening, ’cause I’m flying over the moon.

We are thrilled to include Sheila’s story “Jack” in our up-coming mystery and crime anthology. Congratulations, Sheila! 

The competition was fierce, and we received an overwhelming number of exceptional entries for this contest. In fact, there were so many excellent short stories that the Second Wind staff selected an additional twelve entries plus the two other finalists to appear in a second anthology entitled “Mystery on the Wind.”

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Short Story Contest — Now It’s Up to You!

Murder_on_the_wind-150x224We received many wonderful short stories for our Mystery and Mayhem Short Story contest that we had a tough time picking the finalists, but we finally narrowed it down to three:

“Distractions” by Deborah Watson
“Jack” by Sheila Deeth
“Lady Blue” by Carla Damron

These  short stories have have been posted here: http://secondwindpublishing.com/murderisonthewind.html

Now it’s up to you! Please stop by and vote for your favorite story, and you might be a winner, too! One lucky person, chosen at random from all those who vote for the winning entry, will receive a free copy of the anthology Murder in the Wind when it’s published.

Voting ends Saturday, July 18, 2009 at midnight

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