Inkitt, writing opportunities, and more


I have recently submitted my latest book to Inkitt’s writing contest.  I don’t know much about Inkitt but I thought it was worth a shot.  My latest book, Beyond the Darkness, is available for free through this contest. If you are interested in reading my Paranormal thriller for free, click on this link.

If you are still curious about what my book,  read the following review.

Jen C.

November 6, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love a good supernatural thriller, and Beyond the Darkness by Matt A. Byron fit the bill. In this supernatural novel, you get everything those of us who like ghosts and hauntings enjoy – a team of paranormal investigators, ghosts, a haunted old house, and a mystery.

In the story, Lucas Mitchell (the head of this team of paranormal investigators) is trying to wrap his mind around the events of his past and the things he is experiencing in the present. The author does not give the reader any easy answers, so I found myself reading the lengthy book rather quickly so I could find out what was really happening. And, I was surprised!

Fans of hauntings and books that make the hairs on your arms stand up will enjoy this novel. It has excellent pacing and solid characters and enough spooky elements to satisfy your thrill-seeking nature. Without a doubt, I will suggest this book to like-minded friends and read Matt Byron’s next novel.

If you read my story on Inkitt and like it, I would love if you would vote for it. This would help it gain traction.  I am interested to hear what people think.  Thank you for reading this and hopefully you find Beyond the Darkness worthy of your vote.
Everyone is looking for writing opportunities and I have a couple to share with you.  I get offers all the time.  Some of them look promising while others seem more like hype.  I have a couple to share with you that looked pretty good.
Writer’s Digest is conducing their 87th annual writing competition.  They have an early bird special submission by May 4th.  Here is information about the contest.
 For more than 80 years, talented writers of all genres have been celebrated in this renowned competition. And this year, the spotlight could be on YOU.

Submit your best work in up to 9 categories, including Memoir/Personal Essay, Rhyming Poetry, Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.) and more!  To get more information click here.

I am not affiliated with Writer’s Digest in any way, but it looks like a good opportunity.  Another one I have found is here.

$200 for Short Stories and Essays

The Masters Reviews bills itself as a “Platform for Emerging Writers.” They publish short stories and narrative non-fiction.

One key point: They want writing from writers who are not yet established. That means, “any new and emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length. You must not have a novel forthcoming at the time of submission”

They pay 10 cents per word, up to $200.

Submissions are free for their “New Voices” category.

According to their submission guidelines:

We accept fiction and narrative non-fiction. We do accept a variety of genres and styles, our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft. We want to be wowed. Bend genres, experiment with structure, and write your heart out. But please, send us polished work. Our aim is to showcase writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. Send us only your best.

If you would like more information about this opportunity, click here.


Okay, that’s all I have for today.  I hope you find some of this information helpful.  If you want to check out Beyond the Darkness on Inkitt, you can check it out here.  Until next time, happy writing.