All posts filed under: Literature

MidWeek Updates: Calling All Writers!

5.22.19 Hello! For those who love to create and write, there are two contests to enter. Thanks to The Writer. The Writer Share Your Story Writing Contest Deadline Thursday, June 6, 2019 Categories Nonfiction Entry Fees $9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory.com Prizes $100 Cash Prize Description Share your story to enter this writing contest. Write about a moment in your life that stands out such as the birth of a child, wedding or a traumatic event. Write your story for a chance at the cash prize. Contact Information FanStory.com Website https://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=105548     Minute Poetry Contest Deadline Monday, June 3, 2019 Categories Fiction, Poetry Entry Fees $9.95 to enter this and all contests at FanStory.com Prizes $100 Cash Prize Description Share a Minute Poem to enter this poetry contest. A Minute is a three-stanza poem that has a specific syllable count. Each stanza follows the “8,4,4,4” syllable count. So the first line has 8 syllables and every line that follows has 4 syllables. Cash prize to the winner. Contact Information FanStory.com Website …

MidWeek Updates: Santa Barbara Writing Conference 2019

5.8.19 Hello and Hump Day Wednesday is here and I have just one thing to share with you so let’s get started with the Santa Barbara Writers Conference… Credit source: Santa Barbara Writers Conference My apologies for the bottom poster being small, but here is a small description of the event:   Every June since 1972, writers from around theworld have gathered at the Santa Barbara WritersConference to rub elbows with fellow writers, wellknown authors, and publishing professionals.You’llparticipate in a magical week of intensive work focused on craft, marketing, and networking.The full conference June 16-21, 2019 includes:• 5 full days of workshops led by 30 talented teachers• One-on-one manuscript consultations• Afternoon speakers and panels• Opportunity to register for agent appointments• 5 evening keynotes by well-known authors• Book signings and chances to meet author-speakers• Opening night banquet on Sunday• Poolside cocktail reception• Awards banquet on Friday evening• A week of networking, support and camaraderieSBWC likes to brag about our successful alumni –Fannie Flagg, Spencer Johnson, Gayle Lynds, MonteSchulz, Gillian Roberts, Catherine Ryan Hyde, andChristopher Moore, to …

MidWk Update: AWP Conference 2020

4.24.19 Another short and sweet post. This time for next year’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference.  Credit source: AWP AWP Conference The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The conference features over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in San Antonio, TX, in 2020 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer. 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair San Antonio, TXHenry B. Gonzalez Convention CenterMarch 4–7, 2020 Key Dates May 1, 2019: Event proposals due May 7, 2019: Deadline for participants to link to proposals August 2019: Registration opens February 5, 2020: Deadline for accessibility requests Social Networking Twitter: use #AWP20 Bookfair Facebook Page Instagram: use #AWP20 …

Spring Reads 2019

3.20.19 Spring is here! My favorite time of year and that means new books to read! According to Brenda Janowitz Popsugar‘s books correspondent, here are 28 books that should be on your coffee table or nightstand, but I’m just going to show you six. Credit source: Popsugar   Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  Daisy Jones & The Six is about the rise and fall of a 70s rock group, which is told in a rockumentary style…think Behind the Music…you know the VH1 series? This book is getting ready to become a series for Amazon, produced by Reese Witherspoon!     Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Found this description on the Penguin Random House site about  Gingerbread …“Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.”     In Another Time by Jillian Cantor According to Janowitz, “Told in dual timelines of 1931, where Germany is slowly changing, and …

Wknd Updates: Writing Contests from The Writer

3.16.19 It’s been a while that I posted anything in the literature department, but with these contests from The Writer, that’s about to change… Credit source: The Writer SPR BOOK AWARDS 2018 Deadline Monday, April 1, 2019 Categories Children’s, Crime/Thriller, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Horror, Mystery, Nonfiction, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult Entry Fees $25 Early Bird until Jan 2019, then $30. (You may buy an entry and submit your book later.) Prizes WINNER SPR ASTRO Promo Package worth $1899 (150 Sales, 15-20 Amazon Verified Reviews, Best Seller Category Analysis, and an SPR Lead Story Review, Author Interview on site)WINNER e-badge for use on ebook, website, stickers, and paperback book SILVER 4- 5 Amazon Verified Reviews worth $199A Best Seller Category Analysis worth $69An SPR Lead Story Review worth $309SILVER e-badge for use on ebook, website, and paperback book BRONZE A Classic SPR Review worth $219BRONZE e-badge for use on ebook, website, and paperback bookAuthor Interview on the website Description Anyone of any age, gender, or background, from anywhere in the world, who has published a book with an indie publisher, or self-published their book in …

MidWeek Updates: Final Reminder of AWP Conference & Bookfair

2.13.19 Hello everyone! As I stated earlier this month, this is the final reminder of the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair, which will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Oregon on March 27-30, 2019. For those who are attending, here a just a few things to remember… Credit source: AWP 2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair Oregon Convention Center March 27–30, 2019 Key Dates January 4, 2019: Will-call Registration opens January 31, 2019: Writer to Agent submission deadline February 27, 2019: Accessibility services request deadline March 13, 2019: Offsite Event submission deadline March 27, 2019: Onsite Registration opens   Materials to View/Download Attendee Guide Social Networking Twitter Use #AWP19   Conference Queries Registrationregistration@awpwriter.org(240) 696-8250  Conference Eventsevents@awpwriter.org(240) 696-7742 Future Conferences San Antonio, Texas March 4–7, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Kansas City, Missouri March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 23–26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center   To find out about hotel, schedule, and other information, go to www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/overview.    Featured image: unknown

MidWeek Update: Aspen Words Workshops

2.6.19 Hello! It’s Wednesday and time to pass along some great creative stuff. You can never get tired of workshops and the Aspen Words is holding several later this year. Here are a few things to know about Aspen Words. The rest you have to look at their website… Credit source: Aspen Words ABOUT “Aspen Words was founded in 1976 as a literary center based in Aspen, CO. A program of the Aspen Institute, our mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers, and connect people through the power of stories. AW’s year-round programs include Summer Words, a writing conference and literary festival; Winter Words, a speaker series presenting the best of contemporary literature; the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for fiction with social impact; as well as a writers-in-the schools program and writing residencies.” OUR PROGRAMS Literary Prize: a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issuesSummer Words: one of the top writing conferences and literary festivals in the nationWinter Words: bringing the most respected contemporary writers to read and speak …

Reflections: Winter Short Story

1.31.19 Hello! With part of the US experiencing a very cold winter, I think it would be fitting to post a short story from  Christopher Evans. The Rites of Wintera short story by Christopher Evans ‘And fire and ice within me fight Beneath the suffocating night’ A. E. Housman There were heavy snows that November, and by the turn of the year Stella’s supplies of fuel were running low. She was forced to collect brushwood from the countryside surrounding the village and celebrated her twenty-second birthday with mild frostbite of the hands. She kept a fire burning in the main room throughout the day, banking it up at night so that a residual warmth and even an ember remained when she rose the following morning. It was just as well that the inn was empty of guests and she did not have to provide extra fires; it would be difficult enough to survive the winter as it was. The bleak, bitter weather reflected her inner state of mind. Her husband, Thomas, had died that autumn, a withered, exhausted …