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What is Fiction Potluck?

Full disclosure, I was supposed to write another "Inside The Writer's Games" update but I'll get to that later. Right now, Fiction Potluck is more important.

What is it?

If you've been taking a break (I totally get it), you might have missed our announcement at the end of last month: we added a brand new quarterly competition to our regular schedule! Fiction Potluck is a FREE challenge each quarter with featured finalists, a guest judge, and digital publication for winners.


Cindy and I have been talking about trying something different for a while (years). We knew we didn't want to replace any of our current programs because we love being able to provide so many different opportunities to help writers challenge themselves and achieve their publication goals. Writer's Games, WayWords, and Tales keep us pretty busy year-round but we want more collaboration: a way to highlight members of the writing community on a regular, ongoing basis. We want to invite writers, agents, publishers, editors, designers, reviewers, etc, to come work with us and spread the love of writing even more. Why not, right?

Our very first Fiction Potluck features guest judge S.E. Reed, whose debut YA novel, My Heart is Hurting, releases July 18. You can read her bio and extensive credits, as well as preorder her book, on the Potluck page.

Fiction Potluck is scheduled for open calls in January, April, July, and October. It's completely free and open worldwide to all ages. The guest judge picks the challenge. For April, S.E. is looking for YA Fantasy short stories under 7,500 words. Submissions are accepted via Dropbox, Duosuma, and email in .doc, .docx, .odt, and unlocked live links until April 30.

The WW judges review every entry and choose ten finalists to feature on the Potluck page. Our guest judge reviews the ten finalist entries and picks three winning pieces to publish for Fiction Potluck Friday at the end of the quarter!

Be sure to follow submissions guidelines carefully: the four lines of Title Information listed on the Potluck page are required because they tell us who gets to read your work and how to contact you with results. I'm pointing this out because we have a few submissions without Title Information; I wish I could contact these writers but I don't know how. It breaks my heart when writers work so hard on a piece and forget to follow submissions guidelines. If you've already sent your work for Fiction Potluck, check your file; make sure it follows the guide and if not, revise and resubmit while there's still time.

One last thing before I go... Fiction Potluck is featured on Reedsy! For the second year in a row, you can find us listed with some of the very best competitions around.


Want to collab as a guest judge?

Click the "contact us" button at the bottom of the page so we can work out the details!


About the author: Theresa Green is the co-founder of The Writer's Workout, a crime fiction writer, and a freelance developmental editor.


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