Event listings and opportunities of interest to writers, publishers, artists and illustrators

SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference

March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions. SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.

SleuthFest 2018 features an incredible line-up of guests and events:

Keynote Speaker Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, and WWII novels, The One Man and The Saboteur, will present “History as a Thriller Backdrop”, a presentation about how to best use which elements of history to immerse the reader in the story and his Keynote talk, ‘Career Transitions-Meeting the Challenge of Change.”

Renowned forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., will lead a workshop on ‘Integrating Forensic Research Into Fiction’; a presentation on ‘Talking to Serial Killers’, and an additional presentation, ‘A Discussion and Demonstration of Hypnosis – How to Use Hypnosis As A Tool For Your Sleuth’, with certified hypnotist, Glenn Miller.

Additionally, SleuthFest 2018 features an outstanding lineup of NY Times Bestselling and multiple Award-Winning Guest Authors delivering not-be-missed presentations: Hallie Ephron: ‘The Grand Finale – Writing the Final Climax’ and ‘You’re Giving Me the Creeps – Getting the Right Amount of Creep Factor’; Hank Phillippi Ryan: ‘Write a Mystery or Thriller in an Hour’ and ‘Starting With Wow – The Crucial First Chapter’; Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish): ‘Let Them Breathe – How to Pace Your Novel’ and ‘Villainous Thoughts – Getting Into the Head of Your Antagonist’; and James R. Benn: ‘Show Me – Learn About Show Vs. Tell’ and ‘Stranger in a Strange Land – How to Write the Unfamiliar.’

For more information please contact SleuthFest 2018 Co-Chairs Victoria Landis, victoria@landisdesignresource.com, 561-716-3481 or Michael Joy, author.mljoy@hotmail.com.


Henderson Writers’ Group, hosts the 15th Las Vegas Writers’ Conference at the Tuscany Hotel and Casino. April 19–21, 2018. Full-day workshop with Jane Friedman Sunday, April 22, 2018. Attendance is capped at 150 attendees. All meals and pitches are included.

For non-fiction, bring the proposal before writing even begins—included in the conference cost.

Book before March 31 for group rates. Cost for the two-day conference with meals and pitches included: $500. Cost for Jane Friedman’s workshop: $250 (Priced separately)
Attend one or both.

Bookselling Without Borders Opens Scholarship Applications January 18, 2018

Bookselling Without Borders, a program to send booksellers to international books fairs, is taking applications for all-expenses-paid trips to the Turin Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Started last year by Europa Editions and Other Press, now has Rutgers University Press and Princeton University Press, Graywolf Press, The New Press, Catapult, and Ingram Content Group as principal sponsors. In addition, more than 250 individual donors have contributed upwards of $30,000 to the program through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017.

Booksellers are encouraged to apply by visiting www.booksellingwithoutborders.com before the deadline of February 28. Recipients will be announced in March 2018.

World’s Largest Book Award Contest to Reach Milestone in 2018

Independent Publisher Book Awards Will Present 5,000th Medal This Year (the Ippys).

The world’s top independent authors and publishers will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 22nd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards. The contest is open to newly released, independently published books in English, and will accept entries through February 24, 2018.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards (aka the IPPYs) honor books created outside the “Big Five” conglomerate New York publishing scene. From one-book self-publishers to hundred-year-old university presses, indie publishing is diverse, cutting-edge, and not bound by the constraints of media overlords and corporate bottom lines.

The upcoming 2018 award ceremony will be especially notable for including the presentation of the 5,000th medal awarded during the program’s 22-year history. The event returns to the bright lights of Times Square and will be held at the legendary and glitzy Copacabana night club.

22nd Annual IPPY Awards – Call for Entries

Enter your award-worthy books in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and get the recognition your work deserves. Entry fee is $95 per title, per category until the final entry deadline of February 24, 2018.

For the guidelines and online entry form: http://www.ippyawards.com/66/guidelines

Click here for printable guidelines and entry form.


Independent publishers, university presses, self-publishers, and independent authors who publish books intended for an English-speaking audience may enter. Books released between January 1, 2016 and February 24, 2018, or with 2016-2018 copyrights are eligible.

Contact: Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director, 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 / jimb@bookpublishing.com.

Gemini Magazine

Gemini Magazine submissions for 2018 are now open. There is no fee for submitting and payment is $10 per published piece. They publish short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

Gemini Magazine now accepts entries for their eighth annual Poetry Open with a first prize of $1,000 plus five additional cash awards. The entry fee is $7 for three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2018. They welcome all styles of poetry on any topic.