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MidWeek Update: Short Story Contest From The Writer

11.13.19 Hello everyone! Only one update to give, if there are any more, I hope. I received this tidbit from my many emails and it’s from The Writer. They are having their Short Story Contest and the deadline is December 2. For those of you interested, you have plenty of time to gather on who, what, when, where about your short story. Here are the details below… Credit source: The Writer 2019 Fall Short Story Contest Ends on December 2, 2019  Multiple price options Submit your very best fictional short story in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it falls under 2,000 words. Deadline: December 2, 2019Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine  Word count: 2,000 words or less Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website, writermag.com; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on writermag.comas well.    Not the writing contest for you? Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when we launch a new one. PLEASE READ ALL GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING. …

Shadow Spotlight Week: Linda Addison

10.24.19 Hello dear people. We are now putting the spotlight on Linda Addison. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. She is also the first African-American to win (four times!) the Bram Stoker Award. So much to say about this writer, but I will let her work do the talking… Credit source: Oh, for the hook of a book   Sycorax’s Daughters Unveiled by Linda D. Addison Descendants of the unseen, born from uterus: bruised, abused, loved, rejected. Alive, in spite of the promise of death, giving birth even while silently weeping blood.   We paint red memories of our lives before prison, on walls made from our sweat, our anger, and the blood of our children: unborn, reborn in mourning.   Descending from human to property, turning to Nyavirezi, lion goddess, for hope, for a way to survive each bitter breath, to use the growing Shadows for transformation.   Finding truth in rivers, rain, tree roots, flowers, herbs. Earth delivers healing & a way for revenge, for freedom, …

Fall Reads 2019

9.25.19 Fall has arrived and its time to look at which books will or maybe on your nightstand or coffee table. Found this article from Cristina Arreola from Bustle. I’m putting twelve of the thirty-six books for Fall 2019. Book descriptions by Amazon.  Credit source: Bustle       “This month for Reese’s Book Club, we are listening to The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott! Set during the Cold War, it tells the story of secretaries turned spies who are tasked with smuggling Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR and into the hands of Russian citizens. You’ll get to know Sally and Irina, two spies who risk it all for love and adventure.” (Reese Witherspoon) A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice – inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the 20th century: Doctor Zhivago.     From the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, essays on being an “accidental” American …

Creative Close-Up Courtesy of The Writer

9.23.19 Hello again…Just one more post to put up. September is about to leave us soon and that means Creative Close-Up is here. For writers, amateurs to professionals we all have made some mistakes in writing an article to writing stories. Long or short. I found an article by Gail Rady for The Writer, which was published in August. I think this could be helpful, don’t you? The do’s and don’ts of dialogue Dialogue is a powerful tool. Do make it sound lifelike, don’t let it drone on forever. Learn the do’s and don’ts of writing in dialogue. Photo by Blan-k/Shutterstock I’m not talking just to hear my own voice,” Grace insisted. “I’ve got a big job here!” Indeed, she does. Or the dialogue does. Only in a raw beginner’s manuscript – or a creative writing student’s desperate attempt to meet a page requirement – does dialogue drone on simply to fill the airways. Dialogue is a powerful tool. Imagine for a moment gazing on a family reunion devoid of speech. Or try your favorite …

MidWk Update: AWP Conference 2020

9.18.19 Afternoon all! Got something to pass along to you. The (AWP) Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference 2020 will be held in San Antonio, Texas. Here is some info about the upcoming event, courtesy of AWP. Credit source: AWP 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair San Antonio, TXHenry B. González Convention CenterMarch 4–7, 2020 Key Dates July 15, 2019: Bookfair sales open August 1, 2019: Accepted events announced August 1, 2019: Bookfair stage sales open August 1, 2019: Small Press Publisher Award submissions open August 1, 2019: Early bird registration opens August 12, 2019: Hotel & Travel information available for registered attendees August 15, 2019: Deadline to confirm #AWP20 events Accepted Organizers: Watch the #AWP20 Accepted Organizer Website Tutorial September 1, 2019: Deadline for additional scheduling and A/V requests September 1, 2019: Deadline for event outline uploads November 1, 2019: Offsite event submissions open February 5, 2020: Deadline for accessibility requests Materials to View/Download Attendee Guide Social Networking Twitter: use #AWP20 Bookfair Facebook Page Instagram: use #AWP20 Conference Queries Registrationregistration@awpwriter.org(240) 696-8273 Conference Eventsevents@awpwriter.org(240) 696-8250 Future Conferences Kansas City, Missouri March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center Philadelphia, …

MidWeek Updates: NW Summer Writers’ Conference & Digital Book World 2019

7.17.19 Hello! Just have two things to share with you. Northwestern School Professional Studies Summer Writers’ Conference and Digital Book World 2019. Credit source: northwestern school professional studies & digital book world   Summer Writers’ Conference August 15–17, 2019 • Chicago Join a community of writers at Northwestern University for a three-day institute on writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program, which is now in its 15th year, includes a diverse array of workshops, panels, keynote speakers, networking events, and literary readings. Learn how to escalate your plot, write a gut-wrenching story, motivate your characters, and turn your nonfiction into a narrative. Hear keynote presentations from award-winning authors, including Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers). Get advice from publishers, agents, literary editors, critics, and published authors in all genres. You can also schedule an individual manuscript consultation with conference faculty. Writers at all levels of experience are welcome, as are writers of all genres and backgrounds. Come seek a fuller understanding of the craft—and business—of writing. The conference is hosted by the Northwestern University School of Professional …