You know what? Some contests are not worth the paper they are printed on… but guess what? This one is! AND… I’m one of the sponsors. That’s right.  I know you’ve wanted your own copy of The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. Well, this is your chance.


Announcing the Word Weaver Writing Contest!

Enter your fantastic piece of writing! We have over $400 of valuable prize packages!

YOU will have the month of April to enter an amazing piece of your own writing to our contest.

Here’s what you do:

Enter a piece of your writing in the contest. That’s it!

Here’s what you GET:

The FIRST PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package valued at over $200:

  • $125 Professional BOOK COVER designed by Select-O-Grafix, LLC (http://www.selectografix.com)
  • $50 Amazon GIFT CARD, compliments of ME
  • PUBLICATION of their winning piece on this website
  • Signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest (see list below).
  • A GUEST BLOG POST or AUTHOR PROFILE to appear on this site (that’s priceless, really)
  • a video interview with me, should they so choose, also to appear on this site**

** requires a quality high-speed internet connection and a good camera on your computer or phone. Maybe other stuff. I’m not doing this at 3 am, okay?

The SECOND PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package valued at over $150:

  • $100 FORMATTING package for YOUR eBook or paperback novel, up to 80k, from Select-O-Grafix, LLC (http://www.selectografix.com)
  • $25 Amazon gift card, compliments of Dan Alatorre
  • Publication of their winning piece on this website
  • signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.
  • A guest blog post or author profile to appear on this site
  • slightly less massive bragging rights than first place (because that’s only fair)

The THIRD PLACE Winner will receive THIS prize package valued at over $50:

  • WriteMind author’s idea management and project organizing system ($19.99 Digital Printable Version) from Perry Elisabeth Design
  • $10 Amazon gift card, compliments of Dan Alatorre
  • Publication of their winning piece on this website
  • Signed copies of a multi-book package from several published authors who graciously donated their books to our contest.
  • A guest blog post or author profile to appear on this site
  • Also bragging rights because why not, but try not to outbrag the first and second place winners, okay?



Yep, he’ll critique your work (up to 3,000 words), whether you win or not.

Dan will spend an hour of his time giving you the Dan Treatment of your 3,000-word piece, just like I do in my critique group. 

Dan says: “Don’t worry, I’m pretty friendly and very encouraging. Most people like my crits. Not all, though. Some people are just babies.”

“I might spend more than an hour if it’s really amazing, and you can send more than 3,000 words, but I’m only human, and I’m not gonna be able to wade through 10k from you for this contest, okay? Doing 25 critiques is a LOT of freaking work.”



Dan says: “I’m reading it anyway, so I’ll give you an abbreviated version of a critique, or I’ll enlist the help of one of my trusted critique partners to do it, but it should still be really helpful to you. Again, you can send more than 3,000 words, but I can’t get through all that for this contest.”

“DOOR” PRIZES just for entering!

ALL contestants not winning first, second, or third place will be put into a drawing for other prizes!

How awesome is that? Lots of stuff for you to win!

  • A multi-book prize from a single Amazon Bestselling author, available as autographed paperbacks or eBooks. (eBooks are not autographed.)
  • a complete trilogy from an Amazon Bestselling author, also as signed paperbacks or eBooks. (Again, the eBooks are not signed.)
  • a multi-book package from several authors, in your choice of paperback or eBooks. (Nobody signs the eBooks, okay?)
  • a few signed copies of The Navigators, my fantastic sci-fi thriller (unless you choose an eBook, right? Let that signed eBook thing go. Just let it go!)
  • one Amazon $20 gift card
  • Starbucks $10 gift card*

* Dan’s goal is to have ALL the entry fees go to prizes, not to make a profit on this contest, so he may use entry fees to buy and award more prizes. They won’t all be Ammy; that would get a little annoying, and even though he personally HATES Starbucks, you might like it.

HERE are some of the AMAZING AUTHORS whose books will be in these packages

Allison MaruskaThe Fourth Descendant, the Project Renovatio trilogy

With over 550 reviews on Amazon, a signed copy of Allison’s runaway bestseller The Fourth Descendant should be part of any book lover’s collection.

Allison’s amazing Project Renovatio trilogy has captivated audiences around the world. You want to win that, too.

Hugh RobertsGlimpses

28 short stories that will take your mind on a roller coaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns. You REALLY wanna win that!

Phillip T Stephens Cigerets, Guns & BeerRaising HellSeeing Jesus; and The Worst Noel

Is murder, sex, buried bank loot and legends of UFOs your cup of tea? Or maybe a clueless optimist who “ruins a perfectly good hell” Phillip T. Stephens offers crime, dark fantasy, young adult – and a good dose of humor.

Jennifer Weiner24 Love Letter Ideas

Love letters are a nearly lost art form, but they are the easiest and least costly way to show your partner love and romance. Plus, it’s quick to do! I’m a fan of quick!

24 Romantic Date Night Ideas

Jennifer’s beautiful companion book is a terrific way to round out your romantic evening.

Colleen ChesebroThe Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy

Come on, who doesn’t enjoy a fairy story? Plus, it’s set in Florida, a win-win. Then along comes a  primeval nymph, who explains young Abby’s true destiny is to protect the nymphs from evil in an ever-changing modern world.

T. A. HenryScripting The Truth

Any story that takes place in post-WWII Britain and has the phrase “She’ll try to do it all while trying to keep the seams on her stockings straight” has to be read. You’ll agree.

and of course, ME, Dan

A few folks will be selected to receive a signed paperback of Dan’s hilarious, sexy romp through Italy. It’s not available in stores yet so these will be hot commodities. Probably. 😀

A few other folks will win Dan’s fantastic sci-fi thriller The Navigators as a signed paperback or an eBook. Don’t even ask him if he’ll sign the eBook. Just. Don’t.


You must enter an original piece of your own writing and pay the entry fee. Please don’t exceed 3,000 words; entries can be as short as you want.

THEME: To promote the end-of-April release of Dan’s upcoming book Poggibonsi: An Italian Misadventure, which involves traveling, entries need to touch on the theme of travel. In some way, shape or form, your entry has to address travel. Somebody can be traveling. Somebody can hate traveling. Some character can be missing from the story because they are traveling. Doesn’t matter. “Where’s Bill?” “Traveling.” That counts. Dan says he is pretty loose on this.

All entries must be submitted on or before midnight Eastern time on April 30, 2017.

There is NO restriction on the genre. Go crazy.

You may submit a chapter or passage from your book if you so desire (I would – this is great publicity), but it should be an unpublished work.


You MUST submit your entry via the Contact Me button and pay your $10.00 entry fee (USD) via PayPal to dalatorr@verizon.net . If your entry is too large to submit that way, simply send me a message using the Contact Me button, and I’ll email you back; from there you’ll be able to attach your piece.


You can waive your entry fee by subscribing to Dan Alatorre’s newsletter right now AND by Liking his Facebook author page! You must do both things on or before midnight EST April 17, 2017, and you don’t get $5.00 off for doing one of them. Dan says it’s okay to tell friends about the secret discount fee waiving thing but DO NOT go crazy with that. Reblog and RT and all that, sure. Those are friends. Can you go crazy sharing this info on Facebook? Yeah, what the heck.

Does Dan rock, or what?


Void where prohibited. ALL entries will be subscribed to Dan’s email list. Don’t worry, Dan won’t spam you. (He said he don’t know how.) Winners will be notified on his blog in a big announcement, and they will be contacted by email, either by Dan Alatorre or by the sponsor donating the prize, to make arrangements to get their prize – that might include an address to deliver a paperback to. Winners outside the continental United States will be eligible only for prizes that can be emailed or sent electronically, like an Amazon gift card. You still get your work published here, and the profile, etc., if you win those things, but sorry; mailing a paperback to Canada and other places is super expensive, so we’re letting you guys into the contest, but we have to limit the costs that way. I’m sure you understand. One entry per person. If you cheat, you’re toast. Play fair. By entering you agree to all this stuff.

Dan says he gets free reign in selecting the top 3 winners, but it’s gonna be stuff that appealed to him (typos matter but content matters more). The rest of the winners will mostly be selected in a random drawing, but he said he’s not above awarding stuff to a really great fourth place person. Or not.


unless he receives an overwhelming amount of entries, and then he said he would delay that part but trust me you’ll know because he will be whining about it on his blog.

Something tells me Dan will let us know if he has too many entries to read!

It is Dan’s desire to help each, and every one of us to succeed as authors and writers, so get busy!

Tick tock. April 30 will be here before you know it.


CLICK HERE to read Dan’s Post and find the LINKS. ❤

DAN SAYS – REBLOG this! And please SHARE this post on Facebook and Twitter! Your friends need to know about this contest, too.

Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the amazingly great sci-fi action thriller “The Navigators.”  Click HERE to get your copy of The Navigators – FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

 Available in paperback and audio book formats, too!



    1. I agree. I don’t know if I was more excited to help sponsor or to contribute my own story! LOL. This is such a great opportunity for author marketing and writing. ❤

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  1. This sounds great and I want to enter but for some reason, I’m not finding links to enter, to sign up for newsletter, facebook like, etc. What am I missing? Thanks for posting though. It looks exciting.

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