This weekend, I was toying around with Photoshop, sacrificed 20% of my eyesight to the gods Ghibli, and there was this GIF of my creation. And since in 55 short days, BEWARE THE WILD will arrive in the world, I figure this means it’s time for a GIFaway!

(I’m sorry).

(I’m not sorry). 

However, there’s a catch. I only have one remaining ARC, and I’m afraid to say it’s not in great shape as it’s been defaced by maggie-stiefvater and a silver sharpie.

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m including a picture so you can judge for yourself.

Want it? All you need to do is reblog this post or post the GIF above plus some version of….

"Southern Gothic gets a whole new twist in Natalie C. Parker’s debut novel. Beware the Wild is a riveting and atmospheric page-turner readers won’t want to miss! Pre-order your copy now!”

….sometime in the next 24 hours and you’re entered. US only, please. Only one re/blog counts and “likes” do not count. Use #Beware the Wild Contest.

BONUS, I have something else to throw into the pot. No, it’s not another GIF.

(I regret I have but one GIF to GIF!)

(……still not sorry).

To keep with this theme of beasts on wheels (which, oddly enough, refer to the doodles AND Maggie), I’m also including this doodled upon UK ARC of SINNER.   

I’ll post the winner on Tuesday, August 26th at 1pm CST

Good luck!

(GIF base photos via Flickr Creative Commons by Daniel Oines & David Talley)

Worldwide Giveaway: Win a Replica of Claire's Cowl, Her Warmers and a Copy of Dragonfly in Amber!


The Contest is international!

You have until Tuesday November 5th at 8:00pm ET to enter.

All comments will be numbered and the winner will be picked using

1) Follow our Outlander site on Twitter here.

2) Retweet this tweet here or reblog this post on Tumblr.

3) Like our page on Facebook here.

3) Leave a comment in the post here. 

**Only one entry per person**


Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Travelers Photography Contest were announced earlier this week.

Image: Merit Prize Winner, A Well Earned Rest, by Evan Cole, who writes, “This photo of Moussa Macher, our Tuareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45-minute struggle to the top.” Select to embiggen.


What Is a Pokémon Contest Spectacular?

There are five kinds of contests that you can choose to enter: Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness. Your Pokémon will be judged on its appeal based on one of those five conditions. Choose a contest condition in which your Pokémon excels, and enter it in one of the corresponding contests!

Each kind of contest is split into four ranks. From bottom to top, they are Normal Rank, Super Rank, Hyper Rank, and Master Rank. You will begin in Normal Rank, and if you win, you will be able to challenge the next rank: Super Rank. Keep winning your way through the ranks while aiming for the top in Master Rank!

11 Bunnies Who Are Rockin' Their Halloween Costumes

11 Bunnies Who Are Rockin’ Their Halloween Costumes

1. Fuzzy Lop Snow White


2. Stylish Scottish Lad


3. Dumbo (We Didn’t Mean It) Bun Bun


4. Captain Bunny-Merica


5. Fabulous Hula Bun


6. Super-Bunny


7. Pumpkin Spice Bun


8. Hot Bunny Bun


9. Bunny Turned Froggy

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shanhammer said:

Hi, I was wondering... I want to try to publish some of my short stories (most VERY short stories) while I'm working on my novels... But I have no idea where to start. I've been told to submit to journals or other places but a lot of them actually charge you instead of paying you? I get a bad feeling about that, or about anywhere that wants to publish my work for "free." What should I do? I could wait until I have enough to self-publish, but I'm not sure how I feel about that either?

Are you talking about submission fees? A lot of literary journals do charge what they refer to as a “reading fee.” Should your work be published, most journals will compensate you appropriately with a prize package of some kind. And even if you are not getting sufficient monetary compensation, you need to look at every opportunity at being published as a gain. It gets you exposure, and it allows you to tell prospective agents or publishers that you’ve had your work featured in a journal. Does that mean you should let just anyone publish your work? Of course not. But I assume that if you’re submitting your work somewhere, you have researched the publication beforehand and would feel comfortable with them featuring your writing. 

From Writer’s Relief: Literary Journals,”Reading” Fees, And You

The vast majority of literary journals don’t make money. Most are not-for-profit and they are staffed by a fair number of volunteers. Editors are seeing much-needed financial support decline at universities and colleges.

We think it’s fair to say that most writers do not subscribe to every single literary journal to which they submit their work. However, these same writers benefit greatly when a literary journal does accept them for publication.

We cannot take literary journals for granted. The work they do is important; writers depend on them. In a best case scenario, the relationship between writers and literary journals would be completely symbiotic—that is, mutually beneficial.

Read the rest of this article if you’re still concerned about submission fees. Literary journals do the best they can with what they have. What you want to watch out for are writing “contests.” The submission fees are usually much higher, and the volume of submissions is greater, making it more difficult to stand out. So if you plan to enter a writing contest, make sure you do your homework first so you know it’s not a scam. 

But the first part of your question - where do you start? You start by looking up journals that publish the kind of stuff you’re writing (Poets & Writers has a great database here). Subscribe if you can afford it, or at least get your hands on one issue to familiarize yourself with the type of fiction they publish. Some journals allow access to their back issues online for free. And if you decide to submit, read their guidelines carefully. Nothing can land you in a slush pile faster than ignoring submission guidelines. 

For info about self publishing, go here.

Good luck!


It’s a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are very excited to announce the launch of GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Pretty sweet, huh?

To find out more about GIF IT UP, including how you can participate, visit Happy GIFing! 


How does $5,000 to go toward a home makeover sound? ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape is hosting the Home of ScotchBlue contest that allows consumers to submit their under-$100 project ideas for a shot at the prize!

The Home of ScotchBlue contest  ends on November 15th and you can enter via the ScotchBlue Facebook page and website.

The winner will be chosen and announced in early December. Good luck, TOA posse! -ts

For more on the wall-diamond painting projects pictured above, see here.

Calling all Emcees, hype men and women, and Jacob Whitesides’ fans: Compete in Join Jacob’s Entourage, this Tuesday at 7:30pm ET, to join Jacob Whitesides during his upcoming West Coast Tour!

Open to US residents only, contestants will have the opportunity to prove their amazing hosting skills to the judges, but only one lucky winner will earn a spot on Jacob’s entourage!

To compete, you must perform the following challenge:

Hype the audience and introduce Jacob! Pretend that you’re introducing Jacob on a stage, in front of thousands of Jacob’s adorning fans. Hype & energize the audience, show your Emcee skills, and excite the judges!

The contest will consist of two rounds:

  • Open Call: Tuesday September 16th, 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
  • Final Round: Friday September 19th, 7:30pm / 4:30pm PT

One Grand Prizewinner will receive:

  • Travel and board to the first 3 concerts on Jacob’s upcoming West Coast Tour.
  • Hang with Jacob’s entourage.
  • Broadcast Jacob’s live concerts on YouNow.
  • Gain exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

Rules of the Open Call:

  • You must go live on YouNow using #JoinJacob to compete.
  • Only U.S. residents may compete.
  • Each contestant has ONE opportunity to broadcast. If you broadcast to compete a second time, your broadcast will be terminated.
  • Contestants will each have 60 seconds to compete.

The best broadcasters from the Open Call Round will be selected to move on to the Final Round on

Contestants will be judged on the following criteria throughout the contest:

  • Communication skills
  • Audience engagement
  • Creativity
  • Entertainment value

After all finalists have the opportunity to compete in the Final Round, the judges will deliberate offline to choose the grand prizewinner & second place winner of the Join Jacob’s Entourage Contest.

All contestants should be present throughout the entire duration of the Open Calls, to find out if they make it through to the Final Round.

Good luck to all broadcasters!

WB Writers' Workshop Accepted Specs - 2015

The WB Writers’ Workshop has updated their list of accepted specs for the 2015 program, so if you’re thinking of going after this (and probably most other network fellowships) you’ll want to be working on a spec for one of these shows:

Sitcom options:
About a Boy
American Dad
Anger Management
Bob’s Burgers
Broad City
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Faking It
Family Guy
Ground Floor
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Mike and Molly
Modern Family
New Girl
Parks & Recreation
Silicon Valley
South Park
The Big Bang Theory
The Goldbergs
The League
The Middle
The Millers
The Mindy Project
The Simpsons
Two Broke Girls
Two and a Half Men
You’re the Worst

Drama Options:

Agents of SHIELD
Bates Motel
Boardwalk Empire
Chicago Fire
Chicago PD
Covert Affairs
Criminal Minds
Falling Skies
Franklin & Bash
Grey’s Anatomy
Halt and Catch Fire
Hart of Dixie
Hell on Wheels
House of Cards
House of Lies
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Mad Men
Major Crimes
Masters of Sex
Murder in the First
NCIS: Los Angeles
Nurse Jackie
Once Upon a Time
Orange is the New Black
Person of Interest
Pretty Little Liars
Ray Donovan
Rizzoli and Isles
Sleepy Hollow
Sons of Anarchy
Switched at Birth
Teen Wolf
The 100
The Americans
The Blacklist
The Bridge
The Following
The Fosters
The Good Wife
The Leftovers
The Mentalist
The Newsroom
The Originals
The Strain
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
Under the Dome
White Collar