Ruminate Nonfiction Prize

Ruminate is thrilled to announce their second annual Ruminate Nonfiction Prize.  The submission deadline for the prize is midnight February 1st, 2012.  The entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of the Summer 2012 Issue, which will include the winning piece).

You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 7000 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

$1000 and publication in the Spring 2012 Issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive publication in the Spring 2012 Issue.

For more information, please visit Ruminate’s website.

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IU Writing Contest – Timestream

photo by K.S. Brooks

You have recovered a buried memory. The scene to the right is the now and suddenly familiar image that springs to the forefront of your mind. What happened there? Was it a suppressed memory of unimaginable horror? Was it the scene of your first romance long ago? Try to remember what happened there…

In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture.

Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012.

On Wednesday morning, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.

On Friday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

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Photograph by K.S. Brooks, used here with the photographer’s permission. Copying or reproduction of any kind without express consent is prohibited. All rights reserved.

For a more detailed explanation of the contest & its workings, please see the post called “Writing Exercises Return with a Twist” from 12/24/11.

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And the Winner Is…

Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the first weekly “Writing Exercise with a Twist” here at Indies Unlimited.  The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today (a prize so valuable, it cannot even be calculated in terms of dollars and cents – really), and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.  Seventeen entrants received a total of 75 votes, and with nearly 25% of those, the winner is:  Contestant #16 –  Sally Whitney, for her entry, An Inconvenient Journey.

Thank you to everyone who participated – what a great number of excellent entries!  Now, without further ado, (drum-roll) here’s the winning entry by Sally Whitney:

Continue reading “And the Winner Is…”

Exercise your Vote on the Writing Exercise!

When I started this blogging thing I was told there would be no math. It turns out that the plug-in I have for conducting polls on the site is insufficient to meet our demand, so the crack engineering team at Indies Unlimited has come up with a workaround. We will use Facebook polling on the Indies Unlimited Facebook page to conduct the voting for best writing exercise entry. You may review the entries HERE.

To make it more interesting though, the crack engineering team at Facebook, showing their customary foresightedness restricted the FB polls to ten entries, and we have more than that. So you will see two polls over there. DO NOT PANIC.

Just go to and vote for the entry you liked best. Then encourage your friends and fans to vote as well. Voting will close at 5 pm mountain time on Thursday January 5, 2012. The recipient with the most votes wins a feature post and publication at year end.