The REBIRTH Blogfest is now LIVE! Please go here for all the updated official information, dates and links.

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Heads up Central Valley California Writers! The Fresno Scifi and Fantasy Writers (, myself ( and Nichol McGhie ( are hosting/sponsoring a blogfest/bloghop in May! While the idea is to show off our local talent, we have members who have moved to Utah, L.A., Canada and Germany, so I’m hoping they get in on this too, but it’s also to discover and possibly bring in new talent! So don’t hesitate to click that email button in the menu bar above or here to request more info or to sign up!

We’re still working out the details (even the promo image is a quick mock up), but there will be a prize or two and judges, and I’m hoping to collect all the pieces into an FSFW anthology for digital download, with proceeds going to a local charity, but the theme/prompt is REBIRTH. So whether you are a science-fiction, fantasy or horror writer, the possibilities are endless. Tentative word limits will be between a minimum of 500 and maximum of 1500 words, so you may want to limit your piece to one or two characters and your main character’s moment of change/epiphany/awakening/resurrection.

Stephen King equates the short story with “a kiss in the dark from a stranger.” Kurt Vonnegut said to “start your story as close to the end as possible.” Edgar Allan Poe is quoted, “A short story must have a single mood and every sentence must build towards it.” So get writing and check back here for updates!


I adapted these Questions and Answers from What is a Bloghop Anyway? by Emily Murray from Blogaholic for the REBIRTH Project Blogfest:

“For seasoned bloggers blog hops/link ups are most likely second nature but for others who may be new to blogging blog hops may be uncharted territory leaving them with many questions. If you are unfamiliar with blog hops, they are basically a great way to meet other bloggers and gain followers.”

1) What is a blog hop? A blog hop, also called a link up, is basically a widget, called a linky, that allows bloggers to add their blog to a list. The list can be on multiple sites or may just be on the site of the blogger hosting the hop.

2) What is the purpose of a blog hop? Blog hops allow you to visit other blogs, follow blogs you like, and gain followers. This one will concentrate on Central Valley writers and past, present and future members of the Fresno Scifi and Fantasy Writers.

3) How do I participate in the REBIRTH Project Blogfest?

a.  Come up with a story or vignette based on the writing prompt “rebirth” — what comes to mind when you think of the word rebirth? Is it an awakening? An enlightenment? A physical death and rebirth? Metaphorical? — the word limits are a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1,500 words. The piece can be science-fiction, fantasy, horror or speculative fiction.

b.  It is preferable if you have your own blog, but if you do not, you can submit your piece to myself at (forsakenstars AT gmail DOT com). We may set up a thread at to also host writers that don’t yet have their own blog, but still working out the details on that. In any case, email me or comment below that you would like to participate and I will create and update the link list as it grows. Deadline to join the list will be May 1, 2015! Though the sooner you join and write your piece, the sooner you have time to edit, revise and polish it!

c. The REBIRTH Project blogfest will have a competitive component with awards and prizes. We will have a small panel of judges to decide on the “best” piece based on character, plot and theme,  a “fan favorite” piece based on comments from the participants and public alike, and a “door prize” piece awarded at random to one of the participants and one of the [non-participant] public commenters.

d.  It is our intention to collect the pieces into an FSFW anthology and make it available for purchase with the proceeds going to a central valley literacy program, so keep in mind that by participating this blogfest you are publishing your piece firstly on your blog and possibly secondly in our anthology for charity. So if you would like submit your piece elsewhere, know that most publishers have rules and limits regarding previously published works.

e.  The actual blogfest will go live Tuesday, May 12, 2015 and run through Saturday, May 16, 2015. At the kickoff, you will post your hopefully final, polished piece on your blog, as well as the link list of all the other blogs participating. Then you will hop through each blog, read the other pieces and leave comments about what you think about the pieces. Be respectful! If you come across a blog you enjoy, feel free to follow it!

4) Why should I leave a comment? Leaving a comment allows the blogger to know that you are now following them. However, there are a few rules of etiquette:

  • Don’t spam bloggers
  • Don’t ask bloggers to visit your site and follow you
  • Try to leave a sincere comment. Comment on the post or their blog in general and then let them know you are stopping by from the blog hop. No need to ask them to stop by your blog, if they are participating they already know how it works.

5) How long is a blog hop? Blog hops typically last one day although some may last an entire weekend and specialty blog hops may last a week or more. Again, the REBIRTH Project Blogfest will last five days, going live Tuesday, May 12, 2015 and run through Saturday, May 16, 2015.

6) How many blogs should I visit? As many as you would like. Visiting blogs through blog hops takes time so you may not get to everyone on the list, so just do your best. The more you visit, the more likely they are to visit your blog.

7) How do I find the REBIRTH Project blogs? The list will be maintained here, below, so check back often! There will also be a blogfest badge you can post on your site below your story/piece/entry or in a sidebar at your blog/website. 

A tentative list is shown below and links will become live as their stories are posted. Sponsor links will also be listed.

REBIRTH Blogfest Link List

Valiance by Rob Lopez at

Gifts of the Wind by Tirzah Duncan at the

Water Drops by Nichole McGhie at Random Outbursts of an Excited Writer

New Earth by Jim D. Geiser hosted at

Wishmaker by Danielle E. Shipley at Ever on Word

Rebirth by Collin Shaw at horrorshorts

REBIRTH Entries at reddit

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