Event

NaNoWriMo Zoom Co-Working Events

November 1 – 30, 2021

Wily Writers will be hosting extra co-working sessions during the month of November in conjunction with Nanowrimo!

Can you produce a 50k-word first draft in one month?
Just IMAGINE how great it’ll feel to look back having done so!

Learn more and sign up for Nanowrimo (free).
You don’t have to officially sign up to participate in any of the co-working sessions. All Wilies welcome at any time!

Once you have your Nanowrimo account set up, go to Groups and search for Wily Writers. Join the group!

If you have any questions about it, post them to our Facebook group!


Come to the co-working events when you can and stay as long as you like. It’s okay to show up late. We’ll do a short greeting at the beginning, then we’ll dive in.

I and many others have anecdotal proof that this method works to get us focused and writing. The group dynamic is powerful. Just knowing that you’re not alone and that others are there working alongside you is energizing!

These events will NOT be recorded.

Grab the perfect tool to track your progress:
Writing Sprints Tracker & Journal
The Serious Writer’s Daily Word Production Log
by Wily E.S. Magill

Market Challenge – DL: October 15, 2021

Consider yourself challenged! Wily Writers challenges you to write a story for the following market and submit it. Wily members can join our L’il Workshop of Horrors group and post it there to get it polished up nice and bright before submitting it!

Are you in?

Market Challenge

Submissions open: August 30 – October 15, 2021

MIRROR, MIRROR

Modern Myths

Executive Editor: Kevin J. Anderson

Edited by Kevin J. Anderson with an editorial team provided by Western Colorado University Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Publishing MA students. Anthology made possible by a generous contribution from Draft2Digital.

When you’re alone with your reflection,
are you prepared for what you see?

A prince in disguise? A monster revealed? An alien race?

Mirrors can be truth-tellers, wish-granters, face-concealers, illusion-makers, even monster-summoners. Maybe the mirror shows an evil twin, or an echo of the life that should have been. Or a portal to another world. What happens when it shatters?

Once upon a time, no one knew the phrase “Once upon a time.” You’ve read the classic stories. Now write the lore you’ve always wanted to read. Explore this creative challenge from your own unique perspective informed by your roots, culture, and background. We want original fables, folklore, and fairy tales for an eclectic anthology showcasing a new dawn of an old art form.

Imagine a canon of diverse characters for today’s readers to love and loathe. Gaze into the mirror, whether literally or figuratively—classic or genre-bending, grim or whimsical, as long as it is new and fresh.

We are looking for original short stories (prose poems will also be considered) to include a mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical, and romance elements. Must be appropriate for a “PG-13” audience. Please, no copyrighted characters. Previously unpublished stories only. Women, BIPOCs, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse individuals, and other minorities are strongly encouraged to submit.

    Length: up to 5000 words (firm limit)
    Rate: 6¢/word on acceptance.
    Rights: First Anthology Rights and audio rights as part of the anthology; rights revert to author one month after publication; publisher retains non-exclusive right to include in the anthology as a whole.
    Due: We are open to submissions from August 30 through October 15, 2021.
    Multiple Submissions: No; one submission per person
    Simultaneous Submissions: No.
    Reprints: No.

Submit: A Microsoft Word or RTF file in standard manuscript format to
https://wordfirewestern.moksha.io/publication/2/3/submit

If you don’t know what standard manuscript format is, review, for example, https://www.shunn.net/format/classic/

Comment below if you’re accepting the challenge and especially when you submit!

Discussion forum:
https://wilywriters.net/forums/topic/market-challenge-discussion/

Zoom Co-Working Events

Wily Writers (M,T,W,Th,F) will be hosting two-hour co-working sessions.

Come when you can and stay as long as you like. It’s okay to show up late.

We’ll do a short greeting at the beginning to find out what people want to work on. Then, we’ll dive in.

The goal is accountability! I and many others have anecdotal proof that this method works to get people focused and writing. The group dynamic is powerful. Just knowing that you’re not alone and that others are there working alongside you is energizing!

These events will NOT be recorded.

Grab the perfect tool to track your progress:
Writing Sprints Tracker & Journal
The Serious Writer’s Daily Word Production Log
by Wily E.S. Magill

Book Club Recommends

Every month, the Wily Writers Book Club reads a new dark fiction selection then discusses it in a Zoom meeting that we’ll record and post on the Wily Youtube channel.

We’ll schedule these in advance and all are welcome to attend. Check here for dates and times.

October’s Selection:

Buy It Today
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

A family returns to their hometown – and to the dark past that haunts them still – in this masterpiece of literary horror by the New York Times best-selling author of Wanderers.

“The dread, the scope, the pacing, the turns – I haven’t felt all this so intensely since The Shining.” (Stephen Graham Jones, New York Times best-selling author of The Only Good Indians)

Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father – and has never told his family what happened there.

Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have – and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures.

Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania.

Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver.

And now what happened long ago is happening again…and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic.

This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family – and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.


Chuck Wendig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, Zer0es/Invasive, Wanderers, and the upcoming Book of Accidents (July 2021). He’s also worked in a variety of other formats, including comics, games, film, and television. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his books about writing. He lives in Pennsyltucky with his family. His agent is Stacia Decker, with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner.

Terribleminds is his blog where he rambles on about writing, parenthood, food, pop culture, and other such shenanigans. It is NSFW and NSFL.


Members are welcome to be part of the panel. You don’t have to be on camera, but if you are, then you will also be mentioned (with links) in the show notes! It’s an excellent (and perpetual) promotional beat for you and your works.

Come, participate, lurk, chat, and let’s discuss Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic.

Previous Discussions

July 2021 – Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s MEXICAN GOTHIC

Grab the Discussion Guide too!

June 2021 – Stephen Graham Jones’ THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS

Grab the Discussion Guide too!

Wily Writers Readings

Wily Writers authors read from their work.

Lisa MortonJennifer BrozekLoren Rhoads


Lisa Morton (author, screenwriter, and Halloween expert) offers up her short story titled “Poppies” from the forthcoming podcast “Spine Tinglers”. Two friends venture out to view California’s magnificent springtime poppy fields and learn that something malevolent lurks just beneath the vibrant orange blossoms.


Jennifer Brozek reads ShadowBytes…a mosaic story told through five pieces of connected flash fiction. In addition to being a Wily Writer, Jennifer is an award-winning author, editor, and media tie-in writer.


Loren Rhoads reads a selection from her collection UNSAFE WORDS. In addition to being a Wily Writer, Loren is a cemetery expert and the author or editor of 14 books.

Monday Happy Hour (6pm PT, weekly)

Wilies, let’s get together for an hour or so on Monday evenings to kick our week off right!

Every Monday, 6PM Pacific

Add the event to your calendar now!