Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Several of my writing friends have sent me leads for the contest spreadsheet I'm compiling. Here is information about a contest sent to me by Becky Povich. The contest has a short deadline, but if you have something appropriate in your stockpile of manuscripts or if you act quickly, you have time!
The contest is from the Angel Animal's network . The title is: Dogs and the Women Who Love Them True Story Contest. There is no entry fee. The deadline is September 30.
Speaking of deadlines, I have one today for a book review, so I better get busy.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Yesterday I e-mailed several writing friends asking for names of writing competitions for a spreadsheet I am compiling. Next month I'm going to speak to the Writers Society of Jefferson County, and the president asked me to include a list of contests as part of my talk. So, I sent out an e-mail asking for contest suggestions. Doyle Suit, a writing friend and critique group member, sent me information about a few contests, including one with a short deadline --- today --- that I thought I'd share with you all.
So, if you have a manuscript or poem polished and ready to be sent off, or if you like working under quick deadlines, the Decatur Public Library's Annual Writing Contest is for you! The entry fee is only $3 per submission, and they have five categories--essay, fiction, juveline fiction, rhymed poetry, and unrhymed poetry. If you enter and win something, let me know and I will post about it on my blog. Good luck, and don't forget to include an SASE for results!
I love the motto for their library, "Where you go to know."
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Pat read her story one evening at our critique group. It is such a moving story, and Pat is a wonderful writer and supporter of dogs and other critters. Check out her Critter Alley blog if you get a chance. She posts about critters of all varieties, and occasionally posts call-outs for submissions about --- what else --- critters!
Way to go, Pat!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Isn't this photo of Mark Twain from the SWG's home page intriguing? Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, put the town of Hannibal, Missouri, on the map. On a personal note, Hannibal is also the birthplace of my mom.
Like Saturday Writers, my favorite writers' group, SWG is one of thirteen chapters of the Missouri Writers' Guild. What I like about the SWG's contests is they are inexpensive to enter (only $2 or $3, depending on the contest) and they have a contest for just about any type of writer--prose, poetry, or non-fiction. Most of all, you can find out the results quickly.
Their contest deadline is October 1st, and the winners' names will be announced at the October SWG meeting. For complete guidlines, visit their website.
Oh, and Good Luck!
Monday, September 21, 2009
If your name wasn't picked out of the hat, I know a place where you can have a second chance to win one or more of Celia's books.
Fifteen additional readers each will receive a finished copy of YOU CAN’T DRINK ALL DAY IF YOU DON’T START IN THE MORNING.
The deadline to enter is Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 11:59PM (Eastern). Here's a link to find out more: http://www.bookreporter.com/community/contests/090901-youcantdrink.asp
How's that for a great contest? Wish I could enter, but I freelance for the Bookreporter.com network, so I can't, but I would be tickled pink if one of my blog visitors would win.
Friday, September 18, 2009
After yesterday's informative, entertaining, and lenghty interview with North Carolina humor writer Celia Rivenbark and all the comments and questions left by visitors, I wanted to have a brief post. So, how about an announcement for a market located in North Carolina that focuses on tiny submissions?
I read about Inch Magazine in Pam Casto's Flash Fiction Newsletter and visited the magazine's website. Inch Magazine/Bull City Press is " a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction. We believe that good things come in small packages, so we focus our eight pages on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or less."
The editors prefer electronic submissions and pay in three contributor copies. Note: they will not be accepting poetry submissions between October 15, 2009 and January 15, 2010. Visit their website for more details.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
DBP: Speaking of families, you write about events and situations that have happened to your family, friends, neighbors—even celebrities. Any fallout from family, friends, or neighbors? Have any celebrities contacted you about what you’ve written about them? Britney Spears, maybe?
DBP: That's so funny. What is the most surprising, stupid, annoying, fill-in-the-blank comment you’ve received from a reader?
DBP: I love the recipes you’ve included in You Can’t Drink All Day if You Don’t Start in the Mornin'. In fact, I’m going to make some “You Broke My Heart So I Busted Your Jaw” Apple Enchiladas for my Bunco group. Where did you get the fabulous idea to include recipes in with your book? And, how do you make Firefly Sweet-Tea Vodka?
DPB: Your mother is a wise woman. I'm glad you took her advice and included the recipes. Switching gears a bit, what were your favorite books, or who were your favorite authors growing up?
CR: Growing up I devoured all the Nancy Drew mysteries, of course, and still have a weird crush on Ned Nickerson. Later, I read a lot of political books and biographies. I read all of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism stuff and loved that. Now I read mostly novels written by Southerners or people with a Southern sensibility. I just finished “The Help” and on my nightstand right now you’ll find Pat Conroy’s new book, Elizabeth Edwards’ “Resilience” and Ruth Reichl’s “Comfort Me With Apples.” I love to read cookbooks and food-themed novels. Very satisfying.
DPB: Nancy Drew books were my favorites growing up, too. The other books you mentioned sound interesting. I'll have to check them out. Most of my visitors are writers, and as writers, we're curious types, so I have to ask: What’s most gratifying about being a writer? Most disappointing?
CR: Gratifying? You make your own hours and you define how the work is going to be done, what direction it will go. I like the solitude of just me and the computer. Most disappointing? That I’ve written five humor collections and still haven’t hit the “Times” list. But I’m not giving up!
DBP: That's the spirit! With your writing style and humor, I'm sure one day we'll see your name on the top of the "Times" and other best-seller lists. Here's another question about writing: what’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
CR: Best advice: “Read great writing." It really is true. If I’m blocked, I’ll just sit and read something wonderful for an hour or so and it really helps. Worst advice: “Don’t quit your day job.” In fact, I did, and, although I sometimes miss the camaraderie of being in the newsroom, it was the right decision for me.
DBP: Thanks for sharing that advice. I for one am glad you quit your day job to write books full-time, because I enjoy reading them. So, Celia, what are you working on now? Are you still thinking about writing a vampire cat novel you mentioned at the end of your latest book?
CR: I have a contract with St. Martin’s Press to write two more humor collections and I’m working on the first of those now. I think I might do something with the redneck vampire but it’ll probably just be a chapter in the collection. I’ve also got a fantastic idea for a children’s book that I’d love to do after that.
DBP: Redneck Vampire, I love it! Your children's book also sounds great! I'm sure my blog visitors want to find out more about you and keep up with what's going with your books, so what’s the best way for readers to find out about upcoming book signings, appearances, or other events?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Prizes: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $50, 3rd place - $25. 4-10th Place receive a certificate. For complete details visit the CONTESTS page http://www.saturdaywriters.org/ Certificates and prizes will be mailed by the end of December.
This year's contest judge is Lynn Carney from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Carney has been nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize for literary excellence for a short story and has received many awards for her fiction, including two Dan Saults Awards from OWL; three Crème De la Crèmes from OWFI and Johnson County Texas Writers; a Mainstream Literary award from the 73rd Annual Writer's Digest Competition for a short story, and others. To learn more about Lynn, visit the http://www.saturdaywriters.org/ CONTEST page.
Friday, September 11, 2009
It's hard to believe it's already been eight years since the September 11 attacks on the United States. Although today is a day of reflection and rememberance, I think it also should be a time to think about the future.
Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows that one way to overcome sorrow is through prayer and hope. I read a quote about overcoming grief and sorrow that stuck with me, "Look back, but don't stare." In my own way, I'm going to remain hopeful by doing my best to raise my grandchildren to become the best they can be, while taking time to remain faithful to my own writing dream.
One way I try to polish my writing skills is by entering contests. I came across this contest with a quick deadline and some uplifting (in more ways than one) prizes. It's the Live Beautifully Two Contest. The deadline is Monday, September 14, 2009. Write an essay, no more than 500 words in total length describing "a person that has inspired them to live beautifully." Read the complete details and submit an online the entry form. Limit one entry per person or e-mail address.
Seven winners will each receive a prize package with an approximate market value of $357 per Winner. Prizes include: Bali bra and panty set, Danya Decker candle, container of Lily Pulitzer perfume, a selection of Jo Malone bath oils, a selection of Aveda cremes, and Carpenter + Company handmade tote bag.
So, as I take time to remember those who perished on 9-11 and my own loved ones whose have passed away, I'm going to keep the candle of hope and creativity burning by using my talents to help create a brighter tomorrow.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Hayden's Ferry Review is the Arizona State University literary magazine. According to their website, the HFR editors read year-round. Their response time is 12-16 weeks. The Spring/Summer issue deadline is September 30. Payment is $25.00 per page/maximum of $100.00 (cover art payment—$100.00), two copies of the magazine, and a one-year gift subscription to HFR. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify the editors immediately. There is no reading fee. Read complete submission guidelines on their website.
The HFR blog also has a post from Eugene Cross, who shares some of his notes from a Charlie Baxter workshop he attended at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Special Announcement: Next Thursday, September 17, Celia Rivenbark, a hilarious writer, serves up some Southern-style humor on Donna's Book Pub. Celia will answer my interview questions about how she got started in writing, which celebrity wrote to complain about a column she wrote, and which group got most upset when Celia made a comic remark about them.
So, mark your calendars for September 17 and stop by to read Celia's interview and leave questions or comments. One lucky visitor will win an Advance Readers' Edition of Celia's latest book published by St. Martin's Press: You Can't Drink All Day If you Don't Start in the Morning.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
In addition, every contributor will get one free copy. For complete guidelines, visit their website.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Be sure to visit Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them blog BEFORE 5 p.m. TODAY for a chance to win one of two books that will be given away from the comments on her blog. The first name chosen gets to select which book he or she wants--either Travels with Tarra or Just for Elephants, both by Carol Buckley. The second name will get the second book. Margo will draw names on Friday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Good luck!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Barbara Hodges had her article, "I Can See Clearly Now," accepted for publication in the e-zine, You and Me Magazine. The article is about her reaction after being diagnosed with glaucoma. She wrote the piece ten years ago to help her adjust to the news. The article was hanging out on her disk. She tweeked the article here and there, sent in a query, and voila!, it was accepted. How's that for persistence?
Becky Povich's story submitted to Thin Threads has been chosen as one of the top 101 finalists. She should know if it's selected sometime next month! We'll keep our fingers crossed!
Congratulations, Barbara and Becky!
My friends are the best! They've encouraged me when I felt like giving up, picked me up when I was down, and shared in my success. I am so pleased when I hear their good news. Here are some success stories to share about a few of my writing friends:
Margo Dill is teaching and on-line course: Writing for Children: Everything You Wanted to Know About Writing Short Stories, Articles, and Fillers through WOW! To sign up for the class, go to this link: http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/WOWclasses.html#MargoDill
Dianna Graveman recently signed a contract with Whispering Prairie Press (Kansas City Voices) to publish one of her short stories.
Tricia Grissom's essay "Straight to the Bottle," will be included in Dirt is Good For You, which will be released this month.
Advance Reader's Copies of David Lee "Kirk" Kirkland's urban fantasy The Last Dark Elf are out for comments. Expected publication date is this fall.
Doyle Suit memoir, "Sparse Cotton," was published in the September/October 2009 issue of Good Old Days Magazine.
Pat Wahler's true story "Canine Angel" is included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog, published later this month.
Joy Wooderson's memoir, Finding Joy: One Woman's Journey Back to Faith, is scheduled for publication this month.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Beginning today, and for the rest of the month of September, Christina Katz is GIVING AWAY a Writer's Digest book each day on her Writer Mama Blog. Some of the giveaways are: Day one: The Beginning Writer’s Answer Book edited by Jane Friedman; Day Five: Writer Mama by Christina Katz; Day Eleven: On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels; Day Thirteen: Get Known Before the Book Deal by Christina Katz; Day Nineteen: The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass; Day Thirty: The Deluxe 2010 Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer.
If you want to read more about Christina's Writer Mama book (Day 5 giveaway) pop on over to my other blog, A Book a Week, to read my review.
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