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What’s to say? I’m Vikk Simmons. I’m a writer, an avid reader, and–I live with seven dogs–a primo dog walker. I write books and articles, blog, and spend a ton of time at the computer. I also hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Reading includes a look back at the classics as well as an exploration of short works. Read about my mom's recent death and its impact on my writing The entanglement grief brings to an already knotted writing life and my thoughts on Should writers read the classics?.

Contests, Cons, Workshops & Retreats

Narrative Magazine Spring 2011 Story Competition

A prize of $3,250 and publication in the magazine is awarded to the winner.

Send in your short story, short short story or an excerpt from a work of fiction or creative nonfiction to Narrative Magazine.

Entry Deadline: 07/31/2011

Entry Fee: $20.00 (Enter as many times as you wish.)

Manuscript length: 1,500 words or fewer

For rules, entry fees and more information, go to the Narrative Magazine Spring 2011 Contest page

Glimmer Train

Very Short Fiction Award

Submit entries during the month of July 2011 using the online submission form.

Entry Fee: $15.00 (Enter as many times as you wish.)

Manuscript length: 3,00 words or fewer

For rules, entry fees and more information, go to the Glimmer Train Short Story Contest page.

Short Story Award for New Writers

Submit entries during the month of August 2011 using the online submission form. Entry Fee: $15.00 (Enter as many times as you wish.)

Manuscript length: 12,000 words or fewer

For rules, entry fees and more information, go to the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers  page.

 

12th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition

Grand Prize: $1,500 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.

Entry Deadline: 11/15/2011

Entry Fee: $20.00 (Enter as many times as you wish.)

Manuscript length: 1,500 words or fewer

For rules, entry fees and more information, go to the Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Contest page

Retreats and Workshops

Story Masters Workshop

This is a great opportunity to hear from three writing masters: JAMES SCOTT BELL, CHRISTOPHER VOGLER and DONALD MAASS. This is a 4-day event you don’t want to miss.

For more information, go to Story Masters Workshop. (Maybe I’ll see you there.)

Houston, TX
November 3 – 6, 2011

Breakout Novel Intensive (BONI)

Put on by Free Expressions, this workshop conducted by Donald Maass, a top NY agent and author of Writing the Breakout Novel, is truly intensive and will be life-altering for you as a writer and for your current and future manuscripts. I know. I’ve attended a few.  Click here for details.

“Students frequently have asked me to make the weekend-long Breakout Novel Workshop even longer. The week-long Breakout Novel Intensive is designed to take novelists deeply into the creation of breakout-level fiction. Expect to work harder than you have ever worked but to come away with a novel-in-progress that is bigger and more powerful than you ever imagined you could write.” –Donald Maass

Louisville, KY
Sept 19 – 25, 2011

Portland, OR
April 19-25, 2012