Fun, Amazing, Etc.

This is the official blog of indie author / adventure writer Andy R. Bunch, author of the fantasy book, "Suffering Rancor." As always, I'll post funny or amazing things I find in my travels or from poking around online. This is a great place to kick back and relax a bit. You may note that I’m not too clean or too dirty. For more information on my book, go to Here are links to first two books and

Friday, January 31, 2014

List of Upcoming Writing Contests

I'm going to try to list writing opportunities once a week on Friday's. This list is courtesy of

Submit to:Creative Writer’s Notebook 2013 Short Story Contest. CWN 2013 Short Story Contest, 7043 SE 173rd Arlington Loop, The Villages, FL 32162. Or send via email attachment with CWN Contest in Subject line. Email Address
Entry Fee:$15
First Prize:$200 plus publication in Journeys VII – An Anthology of Award-Winning Short Stories
Type:Short stories (3,000 words MAX). No erotica. Email for guidelines.

Submit to:Tethered By Letters Quarterly Literary Competition. Online Form
Entry Fee:$5 (poetry) or $10 (fiction)
First Prize:$100 per genre plus publication
Type:Poetry (3 pages MAX), flash fiction (500 words MAX), and short stories (2,000 to 7,500 words MAX)
URL:Tethered By Letters Quarterly Literary Competition

Submit to:The 46er Poetry Prize Online Form
Entry Fee:$10 for 3 poems
First Prize:$400 plus publication
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
URL:The 46er Poetry Prize

Submit to:The Iowa Review, 308 EPB, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee:$20
First Prize:$1,500 plus publication
Type:Poetry (10 pages MAX, one poem per page) and prose (25 pages MAX)
URL:The Iowa Review Awards

Submit to:Gary Gildner Poetry Award, I-70 Review, 913 Joseph Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044
Entry Fee:$15
First Prize:$500 plus publication
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX, 40 lines/poem MAX)
URL:Gary Gildner Poetry Award

Submit to:Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. Online Form
Entry Fee:$25
First Prize:$500 plus publication and 20 copies
Type:Poetry (60 poems MAX) or prose (approx. 800 words per piece / 20,000 words MAX) collections (50 to 60 pages MAX)
URL:Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award

Submit to:Ruminate Magazine: VanderMey Nonfiction Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee:$20
First Prize:$1,500 plus publication
Type:Nonfiction (5,500 words MAX)
URL:VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

Submit to:Wag's Revue Winter Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee:$22.09
First Prize:$1,000 plus publication
Type:Poetry (10 pages MAX), short stories, and essays (10,000 words MAX)
URL:Wag's Revue Winter Contest

Submit to:Ginosko Literary Journal Flash Fiction Contest, PO Box 246, Fairfax, CA 9497. Or send via email attachment.Email Address
Entry Fee:$5
First Prize:$250 plus online publication
Type:Flash fiction (no more than 2 pieces, 800 words MAX each)
URL:Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest

Submit to:Palooka Press Chapbook Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee:$10
First Prize:$100 plus publication and 20 copies of book
Type:Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, graphic narrative (b&w), or mixed-genre (any combination of genres) manuscripts (35 to 50 pages)
URL:Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

Submit to:Norton Girault Literary Prize. Online Form
Entry Fee:$15
First Prize:$500 plus publication in Barely South Review
Type:Short stories (25 pages MAX)
URL:Norton Girault Literary Prize

Submit to:The Southeast Review, Department of English, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306. Or send online.Online Form
Entry Fee:$16
First Prize:$500 plus publication
Type:Poetry (3 poems, 10 pages MAX), essays (6,000 words MAX), and flash fiction (250 words MAX)
URL:The Southeast Review Contests

Submit to:The Tusculum Review, PO Box 5113, 60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, TN 37743. Mark envelope either "FICTION CONTEST" or "POETRY CONTEST."
Entry Fee:$15
First Prize:$1,000 plus publication
Type:Poetry (5 poems, 10 pages MAX) and short stories (25 pages MAX)
URL:The Tusculum Review Contests

Submit to:The Willow Springs Fiction Prize, Willow Springs, 501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Ste 425, Spokane, WA 99202. Or send online. Online Form
Entry Fee:$15
First Prize:$2,000 plus publication
Type:Short stories
URL:Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Submit to:Glass Woman Prize. Be sure subject line reads: Glass Woman Prize Submission. Send via pasted-in text. Email Address
Entry Fee:None
First Prize:$500 plus possible online publication
Type:Short stories or creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX), of interest to women
URL:Glass Woman Prize

Submit to:New Ohio Review, Attn: [Genre] Contest, English Dept., 360 Ellis Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. Or send online. Submission Link
Entry Fee:$20
First Prize:$1,500 plus publication (for each genre)
Type:Poetry (5 pages MAX) and short stories (25 pages MAX)
URL:New Ohio Review Contest

Submit to:Blas Falconer, Acquisitions Editor. Zone 3 Press, First Book Award for Poetry, Austin Peay State University, P.O. Box 4565, Clarksville, TN 37044
Entry Fee:$20
First Prize:$1,000 plus publication
Type:Poetry (48 to 80 pages MAX)
URL:Zone 3 Press--First Book Award for Poetry

Submit to:Passager, 1420 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-5779
Entry Fee:$20
First Prize:Publication
Type:Poetry (5 poems, 40 lines MAX per poem). ONLY writers over 50
URL:Poetry Contest

Submit to:Noemi Press 2014 Contest. Online Form
Entry Fee:$25
First Prize:$1,000 plus publication
Type:Poetry (70 pages MAX) and fiction
URL:Noemi Press Contest

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sales Tracking Templates-again for the uber-nerd writer

I owe a big thanks to Author EMS for these templates. THANKS!

Sample Spreadsheets

If you’re looking for a way to track sales, you might want to start with one of the below Excel spreadsheet templates.  Click the link to download.
1.  Sales Tracking:  Spreadsheet built to track daily sales of one title across multiple distributors.  Includes space to jot notes on promotions, book pricing and ranking to see how those affect sales. Make copies of this template for each book for each year.  In .xls format.
2.  Sales Royalty Reconciliation: Spreadsheet built to track monthly royalty earnings for one title across multiple distributors. Fields built to allow for matching up royalty payments with earnings.  Feeds info to a Totals page that shows earnings and sales total for the book in numbers and as a graph.  In .xls format.
3.  Writing Sales Report: Spreadsheet built to track sales of multiple titles across multiple distributors. Color-coded with instructions on how to adapt.  In .xls format.  This report created by Pepper Phillips and Donna Caubbareaux.