Open Call for Guest Writers

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

April 11, 2018

The well has gone dry, writers! We’ve had a terrific run of guest writers who have explored and shared their creative projects and processes through the Raw Literature series at Carrot Ranch. I’m not convinced we’ve run out of creativity to share because the well is deep and we just need to go further.

If you want to catch up on our 2018 series, be sure to bookmark these terrific Raw Literature Guest Essays:

Carrot Ranch offers several options for Guest Posts. They publish on Tuesdays and will run until September. That’s when we start preparing for the Flash Fiction Rodeo. You might want to write a guest post for several reasons:

  1. To build your writing portfolio.
  2. To expand your writing platform.
  3. To bring visibility to a book you or another community writer has published.
  4. To try your hand at an advanced creative writing prompt.
  5. To get better acquainted with the community at Carrot Ranch.

If you are interested, I’m signing up guest writers for the following:

Raw Literature explores the creative process and early creations in writing. The series is an ongoing conversation about those first works we create as writers, as literary artists. Guest Authors share personal insights on their craft, process, the experience of creating raw literature and what they do with it.

Platform shares successful marketing tactics for authors or bloggers. Carrot Ranch upholds that every writer’s platform is different according to how it’s built from the basic bricks that include branding, credibility, community, and target audience. This series examines how to use a platform for marketing books or developed content.

New! Peer Book Review is intended to grant space to regular writers and readers of Carrot Ranch to share the books of others in the community. Many of the Rough Writers & Friends are authors, and you can find a variety of good reads on the Books page. Reviews are the best way to support authors, and this series seeks to encourage peers to offer thoughtful book reviews.

In addition to guest essays, Carrot Ranch challenges literary writers to push their craft with Advanced Flash Fiction. If you are interested, you can take these advanced challenges at any time. Post on your blog and link back to Carrot Ranch or submit as a potential guest post.

6th Sense Challenge reminds writers to explore the world with more than the eyes. Writers create visual images for readers through all five senses of sight, sound, scent, touch, and taste. This challenge is to write the same 99-word story five times using one of the five senses. In the final sixth story of 99 words, create a sixth overall sense that combines the best of the sensory elements.

History Challenge encourages writers to dig into the past to find forgotten stories. Possible places to look include one’s own family tree, vital records, scrapbooks, school yearbooks, archived newspapers, town histories, local cemeteries and old house records. The idea is to start with a name and date of a person’s lifespan. Using local libraries, museum reading rooms, state archives or online sources, piece together vital facts and imagine a story. It can be told in one, three or five flash fictions of 99 words each.

Ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge imitates the five steps of writing a book. It’s a progressive, five flash writing activity. Your own results will surprise you and improve your approach to book writing. This advanced challenge welcomes all writers, especially those who write books or want to better understand how.

It’s a five-step process:

  1. Free write for five minutes;
  2. Write a 99-word flash fiction;
  3. Reduce it to a 59-word flash fiction;
  4. Reduce it to 9-words;
  5. Build it back up to 599 words in three-acts.

You can submit a post, essay or story to

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  1. Steve Boseley

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    A great offer for any authors looking to promote their work…

  2. janmalique

    I’m very interested in participating but need to consider what option will be best.

  3. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Earlier at Shiftnshake I did some of this; Earnest and Marge got TUFFed; I picked up an old lady’s Uncle Robert’s musket for a wee historical romp; I reviewed Sarah and C Jai’s books. Use anything or nothing as needed. Got nothing fresh itching to be written, but could probably with a shove. But I bet you get a lot of eager new hands to step up. Let me know if you need anything, I might have time this week, when I am not in the woods. I’ll not be on the lake, I suspect it would be a bad idea to try walking on water this trip. It’s got more give by now, but not enough to float my boat. The brook should be clear though, so Sean and I will be adventuring, looking for the southwest passage to the Village.

    Hope things are ok for you, all things being relative.

    I can tell you are still quite busy and I can tell that you are enjoying getting to go to the ranch. It’s relaxing refreshing place, a real destination vacation, if only for a few minutes here and there.

    Take care Boss.


    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      And now I can tell that “reply” puts it here! The education of little d continues. I actually learned a lot yester evening, which is starting to itch and might be worth sharing.
      (not sharing it now-that’s called an open loop}

  4. Colleen Chesebro

    I’m doing a book review of a CRLC member tomorrow. I would love to link to the ranch. How do I do that? <3

  5. Norah

    Hi Charli, I’m not sure how I can help out in any of the categories but may write an occasional book “review”. I would love to support fellow writers more but don’t feel book reviews of adult reading material suits either of my blogs. If I can submit an occasional review without posting on my own blogs, that might work. And just to let you know, the link to the Books page is broken. 🙂

  6. Peregrine Arc

    Would be interested in contributing an article or two. Thanks.

  7. robbiesinspiration

    Sharing this for you Charli.

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