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It's Time to Vote!

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to the Anthology theme selection committee for submitting some pretty awesome themes to vote on!  It was not easy narrowing down the entries.  In fact, we ended up with a top six instead of a top five!  We are trying something a little different this year to select our top theme.  Please click on the link below to rank your top three choices.  The theme that has the most votes for first will be our 2024 anthology theme!   https://gayauthors.org/surv

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Anthology Update

The anthology theme committee is hard at work narrowing down their submitted themes to a top five for the GA membership to vote on.  Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for the announcement!  There are some pretty cool themes up for consideration.  In the meantime, be sure to check out the guidelines for the GA Poetry Anthology - Seasons, due April first.  It's not too early to get started on some poetry!    

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Announcing the 2024 Poetry Anthology!

I am happy to announce that the poetry anthology will be returning again this year!  Please check out the guidelines below, and I look forward to reading a lot of excellent poetry in April!    2024 Poetry Anthology - Due: April 1, 2024 The 2024 Theme is “Seasons” Feel free to interpret the theme in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write

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2024 Writing Events - In Full Swing!

Even though we're only days into the new year, we've already kicked off our year of amazing writing events with our tribute to Carlos Hazday.  If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to do so.  We have several other exciting writing events in the works, including a poetry anthology and our annual anthology.  We will be holding another secret author contest as well.  There are some really cool prompt-related events coming down the pipeline as well, so stay tuned for further information r

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Thank You to Our Anthology Team!

It's Thanksgiving week in the USA, so we thought a perfect way to kick off the week would be to thank our Anthology Team for their hard work throughout the year!  There is a lot of work that goes into producing the GA anthologies, from the behind-the-scenes technical support from @Myr, banner creation and general support from @Cia and @wildone, and the unsung heroes of the anthology - the Proof Team!   The Proof Team works diligently to ensure anthology stories meet site standards and basic edit

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2023 Anthology - Leap of Faith *Wrap Up*

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in making the 2023 GA Anthology - Leap of Faith, a success!  We had seventeen stories submitted by GA authors, and be sure to check out the links below for a bonus poetry submission by me.  If you haven't checked out the anthology yet, now is a great time!  Please leave our authors a reaction, comment, and/or review to let them know how much we appreciate them.  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for announcements regarding future GA writing events.  

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2023 Anthology: Leap of Faith *Now Live*

For this year's anthology, I challenged authors to match the turnout we had for last year's anthology, and while we didn't quite get there, I am thrilled to announce we still had a super turnout! So stay tuned over the next three weeks for some stellar writing, and be sure to leave a reaction, comment, and/or review to show anthology participants your appreciation.  Check out the links below for our first round of Leap of Faith!     

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Last Call!

Anthology submissions for Leap of Faith are due to the proof team by midnight, EST this Sunday!  I will be out of town this weekend, so there will be a delay in assigning stories to proofreaders, but don't worry - you will still have time to complete the proofs and post the story links in the appropriate thread.  Those of you who have stories that have already been proofread, don't forget to post your links in the anthology links thread.   If you have any questions or need assistance w

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Prompt or Anthology Story? Why not both!

Having trouble coming up with a story idea for the anthology?  Then consider checking out some writing prompts.  There are many sources of writing prompts.  I have a whole box of prompt materials in a box in a cabinet. I've gotten them from a variety of places - Amazon, book stores, or as gifts.  When I get stuck, pulling out some of these materials is a great way to get the muse started again.  GA also has a vast repository of prompt ideas from Comicfan's prompts to the current Prompt Team prom

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It's Not too Late!

Thank you to all who have submitted stories for the Leap of Faith anthology so far!  Keep 'em comin'! There's still time to get a story written and sent to the anthology Proof Team.  Remember that stories can have a tangential link to the theme; they don't need to hit us over the head with it.  I will be spending this weekend working on my story   Now get writing! 😁    

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Anthology 101 - Revisited

The submission date for anthology stories to the proof team is fast approaching.  The proof team is already hard at work putting the finishing touches on several exciting anthology submissions.  It's not too late to start writing, especially if you're like me and have to wait till the last minute to do anything!  I thought it would be a good idea to re-feature the anthology guidelines and the anthology 101 FAQ.  Please feel free to ask here, in the anthology forum, or send me a PM if you need an

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2023 Anthology - Leap of Faith - Roll Call!

Who's getting excited for the annual GA Anthology?   The deadline for submission to the Proof Team is October first, which is approaching fast.  It's only six and a half weeks away! 😮 We accept submissions at any time, so send on your stories as soon as they are finished.  I've started threads in the Anthology forum for the guidelines, discussion, and links to stories.  I'm hoping to have two stories this time around, so fingers crossed I can get them both finished in time.  Who else

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Anthology 101 - Writing Short Stories

Now that the Secret Author contest is behind us, it's time to start focusing on the anthology.  What better way to kick off this year's Leap of Faith anthology than with a guest article by our Secret Author contest winner, @Libby Drew?  Libby, like me, is a big fan of the short story medium, and has written a superb article about writing short stories.  Remember that anthology stories can be as little as 1,000 words, and when done well, those words can pack a huge punch.  So, read Libby's articl

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Secret Author Stories Revealed!

Yes, it's time to unmask the Secret Author and put all the guessers out of their misery. Just so you don't forget who you guessed, here is the Guess the Secret Author! blog so you can compare who you thought wrote them versus who REALLY wrote these 11 great stories.  1.       14,000 Days of Virtue by Libby Drew *Contest Winner*  2.       Adrift by James Carnarvon 3.       Baring My Soul by kbois 4.       Learned to Lie by Krista 5.       Life of a Pet by astone2292

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Secret Author Contest Winner!

Yes, you did it! You read the stories, liked, commented, reviewed... and voted! I have tallied the poll (it was so close!) and the story receiving the most votes was:  14,000 Days of Virtue by... LIBBY DREW!!! Libby has won custom advertising for her story or stories, and one reader who voted is also a winner, and that is: @George Richard   to both our winners  

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Guess the Secret Author!

All right, then! You've been on tenterhooks with all hush-hush of the Secret Author Story Contest, but here's your chance to make a guess in the blog comments on who wrote which story. Guess one, guess them all.... It's up to you. Bonus, you'll have a few days, since just for funsies, I'm revealing the winning story and author on Tuesday, 7/25, but the rest of the contest authors won't be revealed until Thursday, 7/27. Yes, just because.... A reminder of the stories for your guesses b

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Vote For Your Favorite Secret Author Story!

Voting is happening now! (click the image below) What, you say you didn't get a chance to read all the stories? Well just click on the preceding link or check out the list of awesome stories below! Or... maybe you want to refresh your memory or look for author clues. Yes, that's right! Monday we're going to have a fun 'Spot the REAL author' blog feature. Do you know? Of course not, only I know! Muahahahaha!      1.       14,000 Days of Virtue 2.       Adrift 3.    

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Secret Author Story Contest Voting

Time to vote! What are you waiting for?! You read, you liked, commented, and reviewed the Secret Author Story Contest stories so now it's time to get out and vote. Wait... not out, stay in! Just click on the vote picture below to go make your choice!  Need a reminder of the stories first? Click on our Secret Author below (image) to visit the story listing 

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Secret Author Story Contest-Voting Coming Soon!

Well, better late than never! You readers certainly haven't been slack in providing your feeback!! Wow! With just one more story to go, I have to feature how the 10 stories so far have been received, and we still have 1 to go. Keep it up! 10 stories in 10 days 323 Likes 190 Comments 45 Reviews Voting will start next Tuesday, so make sure you read all the Secret Author Contest stories so you're ready to vote for your favorite! Click on our Secret Author below (image)

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Secret Author Story Contest... Still Going!

Yes, Secret Author still has more secrets to unveil! Have you been reading the stories posted so far? Many of you have and then shared likes, comments, and reviews, so thank you! How much fun are you having guessing who wrote what? Just don't tell if you think you have it all figured out! 🫢If you missed any stories, you can check out the story listing below, and follow so you don't miss the last few still to come.  1.       14,000 Days of Virtue 2.       Adrift 3.       Baring My

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Secret Author Contest Going Strong!

Good morning and whew, what a great start to the Secret Author Story Contest. We've already had 45 likes, 39 comments, and 8 reviews on 3 stories, with one story just posting a few hours ago! Thank you all for taking the time to read these great stories and share your appreciation. The author(s) will share the love right back once Secret Author, that sneaky devil, gives them back! Click on our Secret Author below (image) to visit the story listing or follow the profile to get notifications

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Secret Author Story Contest Kick Off!

It's no longer a secret that 11 authors took up the challenge for the Secret Author Story Contest! From today, July 4th through July 14th, a new story will post each day and readers can enjoy these great stories with the theme "secret". Don't forget to like, comment, and review as the stories will revert back to authors once the contest ends.  Voting for your favorite story happens on Tuesday, July 18th through Monday, July 24th, so remember, through this whole time... Tuesday, J

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Deadline Approaching! Secret Author Story Contest due July 1st

Do you have a good story idea? Are you interested in writing for the Secret Author Story Contest where readers will vote on the Secret Author stories to determine the best of the bunch?  STOP! Shhh! Don't tell anyone because it's a secret!  The deadline is this Saturday, July 1st!!  Time's running out, but you still have a few more days. If you haven't sent in your story, get it to me (Cia) fast!! Review the contest info here and please, please...

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