I hope that everyone's week has been as productive and pleasant as mine has! The voting for the "Best Bookstagram Contest" is in full swing. The first day was so popular that the website was glitching. I am sorry to those who had trouble, but if you had problems voting before there should be no problems now. Bookstagrams 1, 4, and 6 are making great gains, but that could change overnight! Voting ends January 31st so don't wait!
Another thing that ends January 31st... is the submission period for the Book Fan Art Contest! I missed mentioning it in my last news bulletin and I am kicking myself. The submissions opened January 16th. The rules can be found below:
For the March 20th Spring Edition, we will be holding another Fan Art Contest for all of you to participate in. This was by far our most anticipated contest and we want to continue the fun! We ask that you stick to Clean BOOK Fan Art, but there is no particular art style you must adhere to. Do you draw anime? Great! Draw a character from your favorite anime. Do you prefer westerns? Wonderful! Desert paintings are great. Are you a character artist by trade? You can participate too! Whether you are drawing at your kitchen table or in a studio, your art is welcome. Submissions will begin January 16th and go through January 31st. Voting will begin February 1st and run through February 12th (See our website for the small print). If you win, you will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card to use on buying books or paints or more art supplies...whatever you want really. To submit your image, simply email CleanFictionMagazine@gmail.com the following: Your Image, Your Name, Title/Author of the Book the Character comes from, Name of Character, an Email Address, and Your Social Media Handle (if you want followers).
I pray that you all have a lovely day and I look forward to chatting with you next week!
~ Amy Lynn McConahy, Clean Fiction Publisher
This Week's Community Activity:
Windows into the Multiverse
We have received several submissions for this contest already and the competition is heating up for sure! The submissions are all SO GOOD! I encourage those who are working on a submission to bring your A-game, but don't worry too much about perfect editing. We have a proofreader who will look over your work before it would go to print. Good luck everyone! You have until January 31st to send it over.
The painting above (as seen in the Winter Edition 2021) is what I prefer to call a “Window”. In a way paintings, photos, and other visual arts are “Windows” into another space. Whether it is the artist’s mind or a recreation of an actual place, these “Windows” allow us to pause for a moment and see someone else’s view. Why the “Multiverse” then? Many authors use paintings, photos, and other visual arts in order to write fantastical stories of different places, times, and planets. When you look at the painting above, where do you go? A quiet planet in the outer rim? A hideaway in the forest of the faere? Another world found in the center of the earth? This “Window” can lead anywhere your imagination can create. So to our March 20th, 2022 Spring Edition along with the image above. You are asked to write a micro-story beginning with “Through the window I saw...” using the painting above as inspiration. The only restriction on your creativity is that you keep your micro-story clean. Though, if you have decided to read this magazine, I would imagine that this would not be at all limiting for you. Submissions will open January 1st, 2022 and end January 31st, 2022. Please keep your submission to 1,000 words or less. Send your micro-story, your name as you would like it to appear, genre of your story, social media handle/website, and an email for contact purposes to CleanFictionMagazine@gmail.com We will not use your micro-stories without your permission and the winner/s will be sent a page/s for approval. Depending on the number of submissions we receive, there will be either winners in several genre categories OR an overall winner. Each winner or the overall winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and an author feature. The winner/s will be decided by the Clean Fiction staff and excerpts may be used for promotional purposes. If there is a tie between two micro-stories, Clean Fiction will have voting to decide the overall winner. Happy Writing!