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FWA Collection #4, ‘My Wheels’ Now Accepting Submissions. Enter today!

March 11, 2012

To mark the annual renewal of spring training (and the fact that I didn’t realize we had a conference-related post in the queue), today you get to enjoy a double-header. The previous post, plus this amazing bonus post about the FWA Collection. What could be better? To quote Ernie Banks, “It’s a beautiful day for blogging! Let’s read two!”

My Wheels is the title and theme for the 2012 FWA Collection #4. This anthology consists of sixty short pieces, written by FWA members, published by FWA, and marketed through national booksellers and FWA. The Collection is published annually; each year presents a new theme and Person of Renown. This year’s Person of Renown is Julie Compton.

The annual contests are fun. They stretch you, providing topics and parameters that you may not have considered before. Entries are submitted electronically, and judging is blind. Up to seven judges read each entry.

My Wheels can be interpreted any number of ways.

If you interpret it literally, you may want to write about cars, roller skates, bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, golf carts, wheelchairs, Ferris wheels, clock parts, or anything else you can think of that has wheels as a component. If you interpret My Wheels figuratively, you may write about the wheel of life or the time you felt like a “fifth-wheel.” Your story may be true or fictional, humorous or sad, profound or light. It’s your choice—it’s your wheels!

The wheel of death for anyone who dared challenge Chris Hamilton in Trivial Pursuit.

How Do I Enter?

Submissions will be accepted until midnight, May 15, 2012. Entering is easy, just download the guidelines here and submit your entry to

About Julie Compton

Julie Compton

Julie Compton is an internationally published author of two critically acclaimed novels. Her debut legal thriller Tell No Lies earned a starred review from Kirkus, who called the novel a “taut, tense cautionary tale complete with courtroom drama and a surprise ending.”

Kirkus aptly described Julie’s second novel Rescuing Olivia as “a pleasing hybrid of fairy tale and contemporary thriller,” and Publisher’s Weekly praised it as an “intense, entertaining second novel” with a “super-satisfying resolution.”

A lawyer by profession, Julie last practiced as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. She now writes full-time and speaks frequently about writing and publishing at libraries, conferences, bookstores and other venues. She lives near Orlando, Florida. Visit her website:

About Julie’s 2012 FWA Keynote Address

In addition to being the Collection’s Person of Renown, Julie is also the keynote speaker for FWA’s 11th annual conference October 19-21 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Her topic is “Publishing in the 21st Century: A Brave New World,” which she describes as follows:

“From e-books to print books, from brick & mortar stores to online retailers, from the Big 6 to self-publishing, the future of publishing is anyone’s guess. We writers live in a time of rapid changes in the industry, where today’s sensation – whether it’s an author, a book, a method of publishing, or simply a place to purchase your next read – could become tomorrow’s dinosaur. Navigating these changes may be simultaneously exhilarating and scary, but never boring. Come hear one author’s take on the opportunities available for writers, the challenges, and the potential pitfalls.”


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