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#FightForYourWrite With #UTOPiA2016: Opportunities

Hi Everyone! I’m here with some cool news for you about UTOPiA2016 happenings, both now and in the future, that will hopefully make you want to attend the conference (if you aren’t already, and if you are, this will just jazz you up even more for June).

Right now, you could be writing a story that will be published in an Anthology that will be out in time for the conference. Here’s the information straight from the UTOPiA website.

London-based ebook and paperback publisher, Little Bird Publishing House, has partnered with #UTOPiA2016 on a short story anthology contest, with proceeds benefiting Help Build A Library in South Africa, an organization that donates young adult books to schools and supports mentorships for aspiring young writers.

The upper young adult/new adult, revolution-themed anthology contest launched today. Writers can submit the first 1,000 words (of their up to 11,000-word short story). The submission window is open until Friday, December 11, 2015. The public votes on their favorites until mid-January, and the eight submissions with the most votes will be announced the winners on January 22, 2016, and will be included in the anthology titled #FightForYourWrite, as well as receive their own complimentary copy of it. One grand prize winner receives complimentary Titanium-level admission to #UTOPiA2016, and has the opportunity to get a future work published by LBPH.

Have an idea for a story? GET WRITING! Then enter your submission here.

This Anthology will be out for UTOPiA2016. That means one more neat reason to attend. Need another? At the conference, there will be an official screening of the fan-made short film, “Severus Snape and the Marauders.” The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the writer-director, Justin Zagri and some of the cast members. How cool is that?!

A trailer for the film was recently released. Here it is.

It is not the first Harry Potter film that Justin Zagri of Broad Strokes Productions has created. He is also responsible for The Greater Good about Dumbledore and Grindelwald. You can watch it below.

To find out more about the movie, you can visit the Facebook page or website. And, right now, you can submit a question for Justin Zagri that could be answered live during the first week in January. Submit your question here.

Okay, okay, need yet another reason to attend UTOPiA? This is not the only film screening during the conference. There will be a full-length documentary about the romance book industry screened at UTOPiA. Called “Love Between the Sheets,” the film follows “the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same.”


Well, there you have it! Now, go grab your tickets to UTOPiA, and I’ll see you in June! Register for the conference here.