Thursday, July 7, 2011

That's What Friends Are For

At critique group on Tuesday a couple writing friends shared some good news I thought I'd pass along.

Drum roll, please . . . ! ! !

Marcia Gaye (our very own famous Marcia Gaye, not the other one) had a poem of hers included in the Top Fifty contest in connection with Writer's Digest. The judge/blog master is their poetry columnist and editor of Poets Market. His April Poem a Day challenge received more than 5,000 poems with more than 1,000 making the cut to the final judges. From that group he chose the best 50, and Marcia was in that top 50. Although we don't critique poetry, we do encourage poets, and according to Marcia, "being in our group is such a good push for me."

Claudia Shelton received two major awards for her romance novels:

*Courage and Azaleas took First Place in Mainstream w/Romantic Elements from Finally A Bride Contest sponsored by OKRWA (Oklahoma Romance Writers of America).
*Please Be Careful was awarded Second Place in Romantic Mystery/Suspense Contemporary Series (Unpublished) for the Daphne Du Maurier Award sponsored by KOD (Kiss of Death Chapter, Romance Writers of America).

While announcing her good news on Tuesday, Claudia thanked our critique group for helping her improve her manuscripts. She also spoke about how encouraging our critique group has been to her and her writing.

Now, that's what friends are for!

To wrap up today's post, I welcome my newest follower, Conda V. Douglas I hope you will stop by often, Conda, and feel free to leave comments. Please check out her blog when you get a chance.

That's all for today. Hope you're staying cool in this hot July weather.


  1. Congrats to your critique group writers, and hi to Conda.

  2. Yay again for Marcia and Claudia!! I'm so happy and proud to be part of the group, too. Claudia's complimentary statements really meant something to all of us.

    Great post, Donna!

  3. Hi Carol,

    Hey Becky,
    Awwww. It is a fun group!


  4. Wow! That is tremendous talent/ great accomplishments, congrats to all. Wish I lived closer so I could join your critique group.

  5. Congratulations to Claudia. Two prize-winning stories. That's something to be quite proud of.

    And as for Marcia. I am so impressed. Out of that many (over 5,000-Wow!), and then narrowed down...Marcia making the final cut is incredible. (Could you email her and ask if she'd bring the poem to read on Tuesday? I don't get many brushes with award-winning poets these days...)

  6. Big congratulations to Marcia and Claudia. The cream rises to the top!

    P.S. Donna, my post today includes information about your blog contest and a link back here.


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