Sisters in Crime: Tips for Writing and Submitting Short Stories, presented by Noreen Cedeno, Jan. 8, 2pm, Laura's LibraryThis week, Sisters in Crime is being offered simultaneously online and in-person from 2:00 to 3:30pm.

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Sisters in Crime: Tips for Writing and Submitting Short Stories

Noreen Cedeño will present “Tips for Writing and Submitting Short Stories.” Have you ever considered submitting short stories to magazines, e-zines, anthologies, or contests? Come learn tips, tricks, and best practices for the short story submission process. Learn how to improve your stories to get them noticed by editors and how to locate places to submit your work. The presentation will include a step by step walk-through of the short story submission process from the jargon of submissions to working with editors as well as what you need to be aware of before you sign a publication contract.

Noreen Cedeño is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Plan II program. She writes crime fiction short stories and novels that vary from traditional mysteries to romantic suspense and from paranormal to science fiction under the name N. M. Cedeño. She is a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter. Ms. Cedeño has served on the board of the Heart of Texas Chapter as Vice-President and President. Her stories have appeared in anthologies, including Groovy Gumshoes: Private Eyes in the Psychedelic Sixties (Down & Out Books, 2022) and Crimeucopia: Say What Now? (Murderous Ink Press, 2022). She has been published in Analog: Science Fiction and Fact, After Dinner Conversation: Philosophy and Ethics Short Stories, Black Cat Weekly, and Black Cat Mystery Magazine. Her short story entitled “A Reasonable Expectation of Privacy” took third place for Best Short Story in the 2013 Analog Readers Poll. Her novel For the Children’s Sake was selected as a finalist for the East Texas Writers Guild Book Award in the Mystery/Thriller category in 2016. Ms. Cedeño blogs with several other Heart of Texas mystery writers at InkStainedWretches.home.blog. For more information, please visit nmcedeno.com.

Sisters in Crime was founded in 1986 to represent and advocate for women crime writers. We celebrate and honor this history with our name while we continue to work for all who share our commitment to and love for a vibrant, inclusive community. Sisters in Crime welcomes anyone as a Sibling who loves crime fiction: all genders, all genres, all stages of writing, all ages, writing for all ages, and all readers.Sisters in Crime was founded in 1986 to represent and advocate for women crime writers. We celebrate and honor this history with our name while we continue to work for all who share our commitment to and love for a vibrant, inclusive community. Sisters in Crime welcomes anyone as a Sibling who loves crime fiction: all genders, all genres, all stages of writing, all ages, writing for all ages, and all readers.


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