Thursday, January 19, 2012

Well Versed Acceptances and An Announcement

Earlier this week I received official notification that two of my essays won in the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild contest for non-fiction. Both submissions will appear in the 2012 edition of Well Versed, the anthology of the CCMWG.

In addition to placing in the contest, I was excited for a few reasons.

Well Versed is a well regarded anthology. The 2011 edition won best book award in the 2011 MWG President's Contests.

Contest judges for the 2012 issue are esteemed writers and editors: Evelyn Somers Rogers, the Fiction judge,  has been associate editor of The Missouri Review since 1990. Poetry judge, Harvey Stanbrough, has had work nominated for the National Book Award. Non-fiction judge Becky Carr Imhauser, is a former newspaper and magazine editor who has written six non-fiction books and has had more than 900 articles published in national periodicals.

Even more exciting, two members of my critique group, Marcia Gaye and Alice Muschany, had works which placed in the contests and will have poems and essays included in the Well Versed anthology. Here's a link to the CCMWG site, with a list of the winners, bios for the judges, and the names of writers and poets whose work will appear in the anthology. If your name is among those listed, Congratulations!

Now for my announcement: Hope you will visit Donna's Book Pub next on Monday, January 23, when I will have a special guest as part of the WOW! Women on Writing author's blog tour.

Pesi Dinnerstein, author of A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and my Missing Keys, will post about "Trying to Find that Small, Still Voice."

I'm always happy to read advice from other writers, so I'm looking forward to read what Pesi has to say.

Until next time . . . Happy writing!

29 comments:

  1. Congrats to you, Donna, and the others as well. What were your essay topics? Will be anxious to read here on Monday!

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    1. Hi Claudia,
      Thanks!
      The essay that won first place is titled, "The Magic of Writing." The HM is "A Find Day in November."
      Do you get an advance ms on Monday? Are you the copy editor?
      Donna

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  2. Congratulations, Donna! I hope you take/took the time to celebrate your success. :)

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    1. Hi Madeline,
      Thanks. I will, then it's back to work.
      Donna

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  3. Congratulations! And I love getting tips and advice from other authors.

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    1. Hi Janet,
      Thanks. I'm looking forward to reading her post.
      Donna

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  4. Donna--Congratulations! And please extend my congratulations to Marcia and Alice as well when you see them on Tuesday. (Tell Alice I miss her red pen! ;)

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    1. Hi Sioux,
      Thank you.
      We miss you at critique group. Maybe in the summer.
      donna

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  5. Congratulations, Donna! I have not read your essay but I'm sure it is well-deserved.

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    1. Hi Berta,
      Thanks. I might've read the one that got HM during critique.
      I loved the essay you read on Tuesday!
      Donna

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  6. Congrats to you, Donna! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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  7. Yay, you! It's always extra special when you know it was a tough field!

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  8. Congratulations, Donna! You deserve all the writing recognition you receive. *hands clapping*

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    1. Thanks, Claudia. We missed you yesterday.
      Donna

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  9. Congratulations, Donna, and to Marcia and Alice as well. That is such a great critique group. I just wish it was closer to where I live now. But maybe it will still be going on when Katie is in preschool. :) But I am not wishing these years away--trust me. She is so much fun now. Looking forward to seeing you at the end of the month.

    PS: Are you going to send us a reminder about the WOW! blog tour??? ;)

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    1. Hi Margo,
      Thank you. Katie will be in preschool before you know it.
      I will send out a reminder about the WOW tour.
      Donna

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  10. Congratulations! Your hard work is paying off and your talent is recognized. Great way to begin the new year.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. Our critique group is awesome. Without their suggestions I would still be waiting to be published.
      Donna

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  11. Donna, CONGRATULATIONS. You deserve it!

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    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks. You are so sweet.
      Donna

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  12. Congratulations, Donna! Very happy for you!

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  13. Kudos! Job well done! And not just one, but two. :)

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  14. Congratulations Donna! Whoo-hooo!

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  15. Well done. What great recognition on some hard work. Enjoy your success.

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  16. Congratulations! I'll be back for the guest post. Sounds great.

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  17. Hi Mary, Val, Lynn, Sally, and Buttercup.
    Thanks for your kind words.
    Hope you all have a great weekend.
    Donna

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  18. You are one rockin' writer! Congratulations! And I look forward to Pesi's post Monday - her book sounds excellent.

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  19. Thank you Donna for your gracious spirit. You always cheer on everybody else, so I am pleased that you are accepting kudos for your own work. You are an inspiration. It's always an honor to be published alongside you, and Alice too!

    Marcia
    (You know I don't usually post because of a glitch in my google account, so I hope this post.)

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    1. Hi Marcia,

      You are welcome.

      It is exciting to be in the same anthology as you (again) and Alice makes it three.

      And congratulations on the acceptance of your romantic story by Goldmines.

      Donna

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