Sunday, August 2, 2009

Don't Forget About the Cowboy Up Contest!

Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc. short story committee is reminding writers of the First Annual Cowboy Up Short Story Contest now underway until December 1, 2009.

Cash prizes will be awarded, plus there'll be an opportunity to have one's story in a western short story anthology. The publisher, Becky Coffield, is hoping to get twenty to thirty topnotch stories for Moonlight Mesa's first short story collection.

Authors will be offered a small sum for the publisher to buy the right to publish the story. Thereafter, authors can buy any books they may want for 50% discount. There's no obligation to buy anything, and there are no fees to have one's story published. "This is on the up and up," said Coffield. "I just want to produce a collection of Western short stories! So far we've gotten in half a dozen that are just incredible, but we need many more to have a collection, and it's possible some authors won't want to have their stories published...not sure why, but you never know..."

There are five judges reading and scoring stories. Stories are read only ten at a time to keep readers fresh. The first reader essentially screens the stories and scores those that get passed on to the next level. At the second level there are two readers scoring. Those that get passed on to the third level are scored by all three using a different scoring guide. The finalists will be read and scored by a professional editor and the publisher.

Submission guidelines and details are available at

Moonlight Mesa Associates is a small, independent book publisher specializing in western-only publications, fiction and nonfiction. The company is debuting its first two western publications this fall at the Mesa Old West Days Festival. Jere D. James' western/romance Saving Tom Black will be formally introduced, along with Stoney Greywolf Bowers' cowboy poetry, Reflections from the Wilderness.

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