Sunday, November 02, 2014

The Winners of Our Latest Writing Contest

We are proud to announce the winners of our 2014 Writing Contest.

Herb Wakeford - SAFE ON AN ERROR
Paul Andrews - TWINKLE
Evan Guilford-Blake - NOT BECAUSE WE WILL
Simone Hanson - LEEWARD
John Bauer - A SON'S LOVE
Chelle Wotowiec - OUR FATHERS
Joseph Horst - PROMETHEUS
Brenda Watterson - THE JOURNEY

These authors and their stories will be featured in our upcoming contest anthology, ESCAPE YOUR WORLD.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lessons From the Gypsy Camp on Smashwords

We have published Elizabeth Appell's novel, Lessons From the Gypsy Camp, as an ebook on Smashwords distributes ebooks in just about every ebook format there is to major online retailers, including libraries.

Elizabeth Appell's exciting novel of murder, choices, decisions
Click on book to view on Smashwords

 Lessons From the Gypsy Camp is Elizabeth Appell's debut novel that has garnered many rave reviews. You can find it on Smashwords by clicking HERE.

Check out our 2014 Short Story contest. The deadline is September 3, 2014. You work hard to be an author, and we want to see what you've been working on!

Monday, April 28, 2014

2014 Writing Contest

Scribes Valley Publishing is accepting submissions for their 12th annual short story writing contest. All finalists (around 10-15 stories) are published in annual contest anthology. Monetary prizes for top 3 finalists are based on contest participation – the more entries we receive, the bigger the prize amounts.

Thrill us…amaze us…entertain us…TELL US A STORY!

Deadline:  August 31, 2014
Word limit: 5,000
Entry Fee:  $7.00 US
Winners announced: around October 15, 2014

You can enter by snail mail or online submission.

Complete submission guidelines and rules on our website:

Contests are open to everyone, regardless of nationality, age, or publishing history, as long as it is legal in the entrant's place of residence.

All work must be original and unpublished. The author must own all rights to the submitted material. We require only First Anthology Rights for those stories we publish. All other rights remain with the author.

Simultaneous submissions are okay. However, if the work is published (or accepted for publication) elsewhere before the contest ends, the author must inform Scribes Valley Publishing so the story may be removed from contest consideration.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vive la différence!

A while back, I saw something that really set me to thinking. It was one of those East Tennessee scorchers: temperatures in the middle 90s and the humidity even higher. I was in a department store, leaning on a clothes rack, enjoying the air conditioning more than the shopping, and I observed a woman wearing a garment that covered her from head to toe, leaving only her face exposed, walking toward front of the store. Since her feet were not visible, she seemed to be gliding along the floor. Coming from the opposite direction was a young lady dressed in short shorts, a low-cut, belly-exposing top, and noisy flip-flops. As they passed each other right in front of me, they exchanged the briefest of glances, and continued on their way.

These two women didn’t stare at each other, they didn’t smirk or scoff; they merely registered the presence of the other, and moved on with their lives, completely accepting their differences.

The differences are what got me to thinking. We all have differences. What a boring world it would be if we didn’t. None of us is the same. Everyone is unique. But do we embrace that uniqueness? Do we revel in our individuality?

Sadly, the answer for most is “No.” Why? Why do some of us (“humans”) dwell on the differences? Why do we put ourselves out to hide our own differences? Why do we point them out in others? Why do we chastise, ridicule, and bully those we find different? Are we so arrogant that we find joy in degrading others? How can we completely ignore our own shortcomings and elevate those of others to such lofty heights as to announce them to the world as strange?

Until we see differences in each other and our mental alarms are not triggered, there will be bigotry, hatred, and bullying.  The day someone can achieve something amazing without be labeled as “the first (insert skin color, gender, sexual preference here) to…”, then we will be well on our way to complete acceptance of the differences that set us all apart, while bringing us closer together.

Oh, for the day when differences are accepted completely without somebody pointing out that acceptance!  The more we crow about accepting another’s differences in the name of tolerance, the more we’re just highlighting those differences, most times to those who would have never noticed them in the first place.

Accept people’s differences, but don’t brag about doing it. Learn tolerance without shouting, “Hey, everybody, look how good I am, I’m tolerant of (insert name here)!”

We all have differences. Accept it. Vive la différence!

Sometimes, different is good! Show us your different writing style! Show us how you created a different story! Enter our 2014 Short Story Writing Contest!