May Writing Prompts/Call for Submissions

May Prose Prompt: Someone is trapped in an old root cellar. There’s food, and a water source (a well pump, or drip, or something), but no way to escape.

May Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about warmth.


Stories and poems for May should be submitted by the May 31st, 2018 to brazensnake@brazensnakebooks.com. One poem and one story will be chosen for publication in an anthology at the end of the year, and also in our monthly newsletter. Authors will receive a flat fee of $20 per poem or story we choose to publish, plus one print and one ebook copy of the year-end anthology. Items submitted must be original, unpublished works, however we only ask for non-exclusive perpetual rights to publish the work in one monthly newsletter, and in the 2018 year-end anthology.

Prose submissions are limited to 1000 words max, and poetry submissions to 500 words max.

Writing Prompt Deadlines, Release Date/Preorders, April Newsletter

Happy Spring!

Here in Montana, the bulbs are coming up, the snow is melting, and everyone’s swapping out heavy coats for jackets and getting those bikes back out of the garage. Some afternoons, it’s even nice enough to go out on the porch with a notebook or laptop and do a little writing…maybe using one of our writing prompts for inspiration.

On that note, if you’re planning to submit a story or poem this month, submissions are due on Saturday, March 31st (by midnight).

The monthly newsletter normally comes out on the first of the month, but since April 1st is next Sunday, and also Easter, the April newsletter will be out on Monday the 2nd instead. Watch your inboxes!

One more bit of news regarding The Time Stone. Due to a few things that I’d really like to have set up and done in conjunction with the release of this first young reader adventure series, I’ve decided to push the release date back one more time. This will allow me make sure the print copy is available at the same time as the ebook, and also that a special web site to go with the series is online and ready for visitors with some extra content that I think might be interesting/fun for readers of the series.

Everything will be ready to go by April 20th, so that will be the new release date. That date is firm, and in the meantime, I’ll be setting up preorders at all the distributors that will allow it this week, so you can preorder at a discounted price before the book goes on sale. Look for preorder details in the newsletter and blog post next week! This will be our first preorder offering, so we’ll see how it goes.

Enjoy the nicer weather, and don’t forget to take a book (or two) with you on your adventures!


Monthly Writing Prompts:

  • Prose Prompt: Write a story about a field of sunflowers, and at least two people who meet there one day/night. 
  • Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about the beautiful flower on a plant considered a weed.

Stories and poems for each month should be submitted by the last day of that month to brazensnake@brazensnakebooks.com. The following month, one poem and one story from the previous month will be chosen for publication here on the blog, and also in our monthly newsletter. Authors will receive a flat fee of $10 per poem or story we choose to publish. Items submitted must be original, unpublished works, however we only ask for non-exclusive rights to post the work here on our blog for one year, and in one monthly newsletter.

The Art of Covers & Submission Deadline Weds.

How much impact does a book’s cover have when you’re browsing the shelves (physical or digital) for something to read? We’ve all heard the old adage to “never judge a book by its cover”, and yet, we all do, even if it’s merely a subconscious note in the back of our mind.

I was thinking about this as I worked on the cover for Alex Westhaven’s new book coming out next month. I could have gone gray and white with it, which might have been lovely in print, but not so great for an ebook or audio cover set against the normal white background. And I would have had to keep all the covers in the Insecticide series within the same color scheme, so readers would know the books all go together. Due to those two things, I decided to go the opposite way, with bright, bold covers that draw the eye in and hopefully make readers interested enough to open it up and see what’s inside. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments…

Are you a newsletter subscriber? Look for the Brazen Snake Monthly in your inbox on Wednesday!

There’s still a couple days left to submit your prompt-inspired stories and poems for the February 28th newsletter and blog. Here are the details, and the prompts are below:

Stories and poems for each month should be submitted by the last day of that month to brazensnake@brazensnakebooks.com. The following month, one poem and one story from the previous month will be chosen for publication here on the blog, and also in our monthly newsletter. Authors will receive a flat fee of $10 per poem or story we choose to publish. Items submitted must be original, unpublished works, however we only ask for non-exclusive rights to post the work here on our blog for one year, and in one monthly newsletter.


  • Prose Prompt (1000 word max for submissions): At the end of a certain rainbow, there is a door, and beside it a black pot full of gold keys. The person guarding it is most definitely not a leprechaun…or is he/she?
  • Poetry Prompt (500 word max for submissions): In like a lion, out like a lamb? In like a lamb, out like a lion? Write a poem about a lion, a lamb, and a magical kind of breeze.

New Year, New Plans, New Prompts

No Hazard Pay CoverHappy New Year! We hope yours is off to a great start so far, but if not, the Chinese New Year is still ahead, and perhaps that one will bring you more luck. Or at least more books!

We’re still working on this year’s schedule, but it will include a few new books coming out, and some fun things to go along with those releases. We’re also going to be developing discussion questions for many of the books we already have out, for those who might wish to use one of our books for a club or other group-reading experience. Look for the first of those to be coming with the first monthly newsletter on January 31st (you are a subscriber, right?).

As for our prompts, we’ll be posting monthly prompts (instead of weekly) starting today, and writers are encouraged to submit works inspired by our prompts for publication. Stories and poems for each month should be submitted by the last day of that month to brazensnake@brazensnakebooks.com. The following month, one poem and one story from the previous month will be chosen for publication here on the blog, and also in our monthly newsletter. Authors will receive a flat fee of $10 per poem or story we choose to publish. Items submitted must be original, unpublished works, however we only ask for non-exclusive rights to post the work here on our blog for one year, and in one monthly newsletter.

Stories are limited to 1000 words, and poems are limited to 500 words.

So without further ado, here are this month’s prompts. Happy writing!


Prose Prompt: At the end of a certain rainbow, there is a door, and beside it a black pot full of gold keys. The person guarding it is most definitely not a leprechaun…or is he/she?

Poetry Prompt: In like a lion, out like a lamb? In like a lamb, out like a lion? Write a poem about a lion, a lamb, and a magical kind of breeze.