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January Trainings

Hello my friends!

Elegant Literature is bringing you three exciting live trainings this month.

All 3 educators are past or upcoming judges of our award and are professional authors and publishers. I’m looking forward to learning from them myself, and hope to see you there!

Click through to the training pages to learn more about your instructors and the lessons they have planned.

January 13th

How To Make Money Writing with Chris Fielden

January 20th

Complex Magic Design with John Bierce

January 27th

Strong Marketing Foundations with Ben Galley

And don’t forget, Adding Depth To Characters with A.C. Wise is available for all members to watch until the end of January. The recording can be found in the AuthorHQ now.

Happy writing!…

January Challenge

Closing Remarks

Hey, Writers!

Congratulations on an absolutely fantastic display of creative discipline and focus over the last month.  Making writing a true habit, and not just something you do ‘when the mood strikes’ or ‘when you’re feeling inspired,’ is one of the first and most critical steps you can take towards really embracing writing as a pursuit.  When you read through the habits and practices of the pantheon of the world’s most successful writers, you’ll find they almost all share two things in common: they read A LOT, and they write every single day.  Well, you are on your way to adopting one of those skills into your repertoire!

If you are more of a hobbyist writer, hopefully the challenge of trying to write every day still brought you some value!  Even if commercial success, publication, or getting printed in a magazine isn’t one of your goals, writing every day can still be an amazingly fulfilling practice.  It provides a creative outlet for your most authentic inner voice, gives you space to explore ideas and contemplate themes and values, or can just be a way to quietly entertain yourself on a rainy afternoon.  I will always maintain that any day I get to write is better than a day I don’t get to…

And when you write every day, it can have the effect of elevating your thinking and engagement with daily life.

Hugo Award Reading List 2024

Elegant Literature published some fantastic stories in 2023.

The fact we are a magazine exclusive to new writers has not diminished the quality of the work in the slightest. Quite the opposite: many of those receiving their first publication through us are clearly meant to be professional storytellers.

A stepping stone on that path is receiving recognition, and while we give out our own award, nominating your favorite stories for the Hugos is a wonderful way to support the talent coming out of Elegant Literature.

This post will highlight the eligible stories we’ve published in 2023, and explain the nomination process.

Eligible Stories

The Hugos are a global Science Fiction and Fantasy award. I have compiled a list of all eligible works, their authors, word counts, and issue numbers in a handy spreadsheet.

You can read it by clicking here.

Reread your favorites, check out the ones you missed, and consider nominating the best. Remember, each story is 2000 words or less and can be nominated for the Best Short Fiction category.

Also, Elegant Literature is eligible to be nominated in the Best Semi-prozine category, and I (Creag Munroe) am eligible for the Best Editor (Short Form) category.

How to Nominate

The Hugos are awarded in 2024 for works published in 2023.…