Welcome to Red Sands! We are a community for writers of all stages, all genres, and all skill sets. We get together in-person and virtually to read drafts aloud, offer feedback, learn from each other, and be that source of accountability needed to finish a polished project and get it published. No membership fees and anyone is welcome to join. Most of our meetings are weekly. Check out the list of upcoming events HERE.
Don’t see a Red Sands group in your area? Consider starting one! For approved applicants, we can guide you through leading a successful critique group and help connect local writers to your community. Contact Us with your ideas.
This website is still in early development, but keep an eye out for many new features: publishing opportunities, the launch of a literary journal, member bios, blog posts, discussion areas and more!
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Throbbing Tales showcases all of the good things in life; Horror, Humor, and Erotica. Priority will be given to submissions that include all three. This year, we are devoting our pages to the late, great format of the Novella. To us, the novella is a work within the range of 15,000 words to 35,000 words. Other genre fiction may be considered, depending on the content. Think “Midnight Drive-In Double Feature.” We strongly desire to promote diverse perspectives, especially in Horror.
If your piece does not fall under the submission guidelines, please query before sending it, otherwise it may not be reviewed.
Only digital submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be in .doc, .docx, .txt or .rtf format.
Email Subject line: “Throbbing Tales Submission:” followed by “Title” and “X thousand words.”
Submissions without this subject line may not be considered. We will not accept submissions with the text embedded in the body of an email.
The first line of your submission’s document should contain the title, and the second line should contain the author’s name. We recommend that the document is in a sensible font, such as Courier or Times New Roman, 12 pt, double spaced, with no special characters. Please send submissions to email@example.com.
Prize: One work will be chosen as 1st place, and the winner will receive a trophy! A real, physical trophy!
Let’s read something! This will be a casual Book Club type event. We’ll chat about “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert while eating and drinking all the yummy things that Arizona Wilderness Brewpub has to offer. Emphasis on craft and the narrative strategies, but it can be as simple as what we liked and didn’t like. It’s also okay if the discussion goes off topic! This is for fun 🙂