Calling For Entries For MANA's Short Stories Contest!'s (MANA) Short Story Contests are an opportunity for writers to let their imagination and creativity flow. 

MANA is seeking original stories based on writing prompts that will be placed on MANA's website.

How It Works

• There will be two (2) Short Story Contests.

• Each contest will have two photographs that serve as writing prompts.

• Entrants can choose to write a story based on either image.

• Entrants will have one week before the deadline date to write a story.

• Entrants cannot submit more than two short stories. 

On Friday, May 28, the two photographs will be posted on MANA's website:

Submission Deadlines

• June 4: For the first Short Story Contest

• June 18: For the second Short Story Contest

Entry Fee

There is a $10 fee for each Short Story submission 


1st Prize Award: $100 USD

• $50 credit for any of the individual MANA publishing services

• MANA t-shirt

• If the winner chooses to self-publish with MANA within a year's time, MANA will extend a $500 credit toward the cost of a MANA publishing plan. 

2nd Prize Award: $75 USD

• $50 credit for any of the individual MANA publishing services

• MANA t-shirt

• If the winner chooses to self-publish with MANA within a year's time, MANA will extend a $250 credit toward the cost of a MANA publishing plan. 

Five Honorable Mentions

• $50 credit for any of the individual MANA publishing services

• MANA t-shirt

• If the winner chooses to self-publish with MANA within a year's time, MANA will extend a $100 credit toward the cost of a MANA publishing plan.

Winners' and honorable mentions' short stories will be posted on MANA's blog, The MANA Sunriser. 

More details will be posted on the MANA website on May 28. 

Questions? Contact MANA at 734-975-0028 or email:

Take Advantage of MANA's May Spring Publishing Offers

Spring is here. And, that means it's time for special self-publishing offers from (MANA). 

If you want your collection of poetry or prosin front of new readers, then take advantage of MANA's May Spring Publishing Specials.  

Why Should You Publish With MANA?

There are many reasons to publish with MANA, but here are the top 3:

1. Personalized attention. Rather than watching a video or chatting with an Artificial Intelligence avatar, you will actually talk to a live person. You may ask questions and get direct answers.

2. No Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Publishing. Some authors are not interested in doing their own book formatting, or designing a book cover and uploading it to a website, and hoping that they followed the process correctly. MANA takes care of these and other book publishing aspects for you. 

3. Marketing services available. If you are a first-time author and do not have an audience of your own, MANA will promote your work to its followers while you build up your own audience. 

MANA's May Spring Publishing Offers 

The deadline for submissions is May 31.

1. Offer for Prose Submissions

For a manuscript of 20,000 to 30,000 words of any genre, except erotica and no images:

Cost: $2,000 and MANA provides all other costs of the work, which includes:

• Layout

• Editing

• Proofreading

• Color cover designs (front and back)

• Webpage on MANA's website

• One year of distribution services by MANA

2. Offer for Collection of Poetry Submissions

For 70 to 100 pages of poetry, except erotica and no images:

Cost $1,700 and MANA provides for all other costs of the work, which includes:

• Layout

• Editing

• Proofreading

• Color cover designs (front and back)

• Webpage on MANA's website

• One year of distribution services by MANA

MANA Will Provide the Following for Both Offers:

• ISBN bar code

• The first set of 100 copies printed

• The author receives 70 percent royalty for every book purchased via the MANA website.

• The author maintains copyright.

MANA Review Board

All submissions go before the MANA Review Board, which ensures manuscripts meet the company's standards prior to publishing. 

Once the submission is approved by the MANA Review Board, MANA will contact you. And, once the contract is signed, your work will be published within the next six (6) months of the date of the signature on the contract.

Reading Fee

MANA charges a $100 reading fee. 


If the MANA Review Board recommends your work for publication and you want MANA to publish it, the reading fee will be applied to the publishing costs. 

If the MANA Review Board does not recommend your work for publication or you choose not to have MANA publish your book, one-half ($50) of the reading fee will be refunded.

Added Bonuses

All those who publish with MANA, after receiving approval from the MANA Review Board, will receive a complimentary MANA t-shirt.

If you submit a manuscript, you may also submit a short story or poem as a marketing piece to highlight your talent.

And, if someone recommends this publishing special offer to you, that person will receive a $100 check from MANA if you choose to become self-published by MANA. You need to give MANA the name of the person once you sign a contract with MANA. 

Contact MANA Today

Remember, the deadline for submission is May 31. 

You can go to MANA's website to view details here. If you have questions, contact MANA at 734-975-0028 or via email: wishes everyone a happy CINCO DE MAYO! Enjoy and Be Safe! And never forget the reason for the celebration.


Getting a Book Published: The Easiest Ways to Find Publishers

e you interested in publishing a book? If so, the first step to take
involves finding publishers to approach. For many new authors, this is the most overwhelming part of the whole process. 

The good news is that there are multiple ways that you can find publishers, but how do you start? 

The following are 3 ways that are not difficult or time-consuming and should produce good results for you:

1. Research publishers online 

If you already know the names of publishers in your genre, visit their websites to find out what services they offer and the costs of the services. If you do not have names, do a generalized search by using phrases such as, "science fiction book publishers" or "publishers of poetry collections." 

Study the websites carefully and look to see whether the company:

  • Helps authors to promote their books
  • Providediting, proofreading, book formatting, or other related services
  • Has guidelines, restrictions, and other rules for writers 
  • Has detailed information on current books, including photos and short descriptions
  • Displays pricing for its services
  • Has contact information (mailing address, email address, phone number)

Doing online research will go a long way in helping you get your work published.

Read our post: "5 Research Tips For Authors"

2. Printed Resources

A number of printed resources are available to help you find information on publishers. Among the most popular printed resources are the Writer's Market books. These books are developed for a number of different genres, including children's books, novels, and short stories. Some of the sections in the books include: 

  • Listings of book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, literary agents
  • Contests and awards
  • Submission requirements
  • Articles on the business and promotion of writing

Writer's Market books range from $20-$26 and are also available in e-book format. The books are also available at libraries.

Read our post: DR C's Tip#2: Know What Traditional Publishers Expect

3. Literary Agents

If you hope to have well-known traditional publishers to handle your book, then contact a literary agent. Somtraditional publishers will only work through literary agents. So, Some publishers will only accept manuscripts from a literary agent and not directly from authors

Most literary agencies have great websites that display the agents' names, photos, and genres of interest. Literary agents will help you find the perfect publisher for your book and do a large percentage of the research for you. 

Something to consider: A literary agent charges a fee. So, before you enlist the services of a literary agency, ask about the cost to determine if you want to take this route.

Read our post: "Do You Need a Literary Agent for Your Self-Published Book?"

Find The Way That Is Best for You

Another way of finding publishers is simply asking previously published authors for recommendations. Ask them about their experiences, the costs, services, and overall satisfaction with the company.

As you can see, there are several ways to find publishers. And, as for which approach is best for you will depend on your own preferences

Doing your due diligence in researching publishers will help you find a publisher that will be the perfect fit for you and your book. 

Do you have questions about publishing or aryou ready to publish your book? Contact at 734-975-0028 or

Are you ready to publish your book? Then, go here to check out MANA's May Spring Publishing Offers.

Time Management Tips for Writers

"I don't have time to write!"

Does that sound familiar? 

This is something that just about every writer has said at one point in time. It seems as if there’s never enough time in the day to work on your writing project. And, the pressure builds if you have to meet a deadline.

Time management may be the answer to overcome this difficulty. So, dividing your time between writing and performing your daily activities might take the pressure off of you.

To encourage you to continue with your writing project, here are 10 tips to help you make the most of each day:

MANA Celebrates National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month, an annual celebration that recognizes the important role that poets play in our culture and that poetry matters.

The American Academy of American Poets (AAAP) established the event in 1996 and it has since become the largest literary celebration in the world. 

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual literary celebration:

The goal of National Poetry Month is to: 

• highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets;
• encouraging the reading of poetry;
• help teachers in bringing poetry into their classroom;
• encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books; and
• encourage support for poets and poetry.

AAAP Sponsors Poster Contest

Winning Poster
In c
elebration of the 25th anniversary, the AAAP sponsored a 2021 National Poetry Month Poster Contest. The AAAP invited 9th through 12th-grade students to submit artwork that incorporated lines from the poem "For Keeps" by the current U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and that reflected the art of poetry. 

The winner was Bao Lu, a 12th-grader from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York. Lu chose the following lines:

"There is nowhere else I want to be but here.
I lean into the rhythm of your heart to see where it will take us."

In his artist's statement, Lu said he chose these lines, in part, because:
Love and connections armotivations that I think are very intertwined in my thought process. I find myself fascinated with love, and how that manifests in our daily lives... But there is a cruel irony that I have observed: in an age of infinite connection (whether it's social media, etc.), I find that there is deprivation of human interaction and a struggle to look for a higher meaning of love.


MANA's Celebration of National Poetry Month (MANA) supports thefforts of the AAAP. We help poets and writers of prose self-publish and market their works. In recognition of National Poetry Month, we will introduce you to poetry written by MANA authors and by familiar writers. 

If you are a poetry lover, then we hope you enjoy the poetry excerpts we provide this month on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and blog posts. 

You may also enjoy the collection of poetry and prose from MANA authors. To preview the books and to find out more information, click on the book's title which will take you to the book's page on MANA's website:

A Collection of Prayers of an Alpha Man by Clarence C. Straham Sr. These inspirational prayers function as a modern-day Book of Psalms. There is a prayer for every need or challenge faced by any individual. The 242 prayers can serve as inspiration for speeches, sermons, and personal texts.

A Soldier's Poetic Response: A Slice of His Life by Captain Adrian D. Massey. Captain Massey reflects about his role as a soldier but as a friend and as a person of the world. 

Autism—Poetic Pride by "Queen" Anya Rutz. This book speaks to anyone who has been confronted by life's moments, mentally knocked down, and spiritually uplifted. The messages are appropriate for any reader who appreciates the power of poetry. 

Della's Writings, A Senior Citizen's Poetry and Short Stories by Della Frye. This is a collection of short stories and poems that entertain both adults and children. There are 14 short stories and over 700 poems that cover every facet of life.

From War to When by Hilary George. The poet and her family actually fled England during World War II and settled in Australia. This collection of poetry transports readers from the strife of personal and global wars to a "when" of promised peace.

God's Gift to Me: I Share with You—Book One by Doris Zarzycki
God's Gift to Me: I Share with You—Book Two by Doris Zarzycki 
The poems in both books elicit words of wisdom that help readers make sense of the world during some of its most trying times. These books help readers discover the good in themselves and be able to survive and thrive in the world.

Meta-tations: A Book of Mental Meanderings by Dr. Jerry L. CurtisThis poet shares reflections about art, the earth, love, and humor, and other themes that are carried through the poetry. 

Poems of the Spirit: In God's Hands by Shirley Barnett. This collection of poems focuses on various aspects of life. Readers do not have to be of any particular religion to appreciate these works since these poems speak to the spirit of its readers. The messages in the poems will help readers get through the challenges of daily life. 

Selling Memories: Tales for my Grandchildren When They Grow Up by Rita Gitik. Every tale and poem will touch the hearts and souls of many grandchildren who may think their grandmothers do not understand their many experiences with life. 

Simply: A Collection of Poetry by Jessyca Mathews. This variety of poetry appeals to the "children in an adult," reflecting on special memories readers will hold dear. This work won the 2013 MANA Passion for Poetry Poet contest.

Sweet Ache by Elesia K. Powell. This collection of poems reflects a combination of Jamaican and American heritage. The subject matter of the poems vary, from the love of a mother for her child to the love of a woman for a man. The poems reflect the raw honesty of the heart. This work won the 2014 MANA Passion for Poetry Poet contest.

Are You Ready to Publish Your Poetry or Prose?

Do you have a collection of poetry or prose that you would like to have published? Then, check out MANA's May Spring Publishing Offers. Go HERE to our blog post to find out more information about the offers. 

Asian American Women Poets Featured In MANA's Podcast For Women's History Month

In recognition of Women's History Month, (MANA) presents the works of Asian American women poets. 

This segment features:

"Love" by Tina Chang, a professor, editor, and public speaker. In 2010, she was named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn. Chang currently works as director of creative writing at Binghampton University, her alma mater.

"My Own Private Patriarchy" by Jennifer Chang, an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at George Washington University. 

"Triple Sonnet for Black Hair" by Dorothy Chanan assistant professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and serves as the poetry editor of Hobart. Chan received the 2019 Phillip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University. 

"Choi Jeong Min" by Franny Choi, a social activist and news editor for Hyphen Magazine, a nonprofit Asian culture publication. 

Enjoy these works read by MANA's DR C: