Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bad News: Cardinals Lose World Series; Good News: Well Versed Deadline Extended

My nieces who live in Western Massachusetts -- not to be confused with my niece from St. Charles who is a Cardinals fan and got to go to Game 2 of the World Series -- are no doubt celebrating last night's Red Sox victory in the World Series.

But, if you're a St. Louis Cardinals fan like me you're lamenting the fact that the Red Birds lost the World Series to the Boston Red Sox. At least it took six games this time and not four!

A good way to get over disappointment is by writing, which brings me to the good news.

This morning I received an e-mail from Linda Fisher, managing editor of Well Versed, that the submission deadline has been extended.

Here is an excerpt from her e-mail:

"I’m extending the deadline to November 10. Electronic copies must be received before midnight on the 10th. You do not have to postmark your hard copies until November 12. I’m not sure if the post office is open on the 11th.
Visit our website for complete guidelines and prizes. Please read through the guidelines carefully. A section has been added to help you format your manuscript. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at

You may submit five poems and three prose pieces. We do require both electronic and paper versions of each submission.

As always, CCMWG members pay no entry fee. Nonmembers pay a small fee, or can join CCMWG for $15 and pay no fee. Each edition of Well Versed is filled with outstanding prose and poetry, and we look forward to having your pieces considered for the 2014 edition.
My sincere appreciation to all who met the original deadline! To keep Well Versed on track, this is the only extension. Entries received after the extended deadline will not be used."

Good luck if you enter! Here's hoping one of you wins big!


  1. Hi Donna. It seemed like the Cardinals' hearts just weren't into it last night, and even the game before. I'm glad, though, that a team beat us that hasn't won the WS in a LONG time, especially at their home! I mentioned you on my blog post today! :)

  2. Hi, Donna:

    Sorry you're upset about the World Series result. My husband is a huge Yankees fan, so he could have done without seeing the Red Sox win, too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoy your weekend!

  3. Hi Donna. So sorry the Cardinals lost. I'm not really into baseball, since we don't have any professional teams in WV. Maybe next year!

  4. I am sad, too. :( I just wish they would have played better. I think my sanity will be better in the upcoming months, though. :) Those games can be so stressful. Love the Columbia crew and Well-Versed!

  5. Hi Becky,
    It was a disappointing series, but at least they got in to it.
    Thanks for the shout out on your blog.

    Hi Janette,
    Hope you have a great weekend too!

    Hi Janet,
    Yep. There's always next year.

    Hi Margo,
    I'm with you. It seemed like their hearts weren't into the games, which was surprising.

  6. I am not bb fan but sorry your team lost anyway! We were passing through St. Louis and the city hummed with sports fans of all kinds!

    Think I have something sent to Well Versed. Sent out lots in Sept before weeks of travel. Now the rejections are starting to come in. :) Maybe a win will be hidden in the list. Ha-ha.

    Beautiful day outside here...hope it comes your way too.

  7. Hi Claudia,

    It's sunny here, but a bit on the chilly side. I'll take over the rain we had yesterday and last night. Not good for the Trick-or-treaters.

    Hope you find an acceptance in your stack. Speaking of acceptances, just the other day on your blog I read the long lists of places where you've been published. There are a several on that list that I would LOVE to see my work printed.

    You're a talented writer!

  8. Alas, poor Cardinals. They have nobody to blame but themselves. Leaving men on base was their downfall. That's like me writing a bunch of submissions, yet not sending them in. But for both of us, there's always next time!


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