Monday, October 20, 2014

Giveaway and Call for Submissions for Well Versed 2015

Well Versed 2009
Last Saturday I attended the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers' Guild annual Write Direction Conference in Columbia, MO. It was an inspiring and informative event--and extremely well run and affordable!

Over the next few posts I'm going to share some notes I took during the conference, but today I have a call for submissions and a giveaway!

One important announcement during the event was a reminder about the CCMWG's call for submissions for their annual award-winning Well Versed anthology.

The anthology accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and new this year--flash fiction. Members of CCMWG may enter for free. Nonmembers may enter for a modest fee.

You can find complete guidelines for the 2015 anthology at the link. Deadline is November 15, 2014.

Entries are judged independently by guest judges (for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) who select winners in each category and make recommendations for other submissions to be included in the anthology. The judges select the top choices to receive monetary prizes. All entries selected for inclusion in the anthology receive one contributor's copy, plus a payment of $1 for each piece included.

During the conference, attendees were encouraged to take free copies of past anthologies. Of course, I took advantage of that generous offer.

To carry on the CCMWG spirit of generosity, I'm giving away a copy of Well Versed that I picked up at the conference. The 2009 issue of Well Versed (pictured above) includes a foreword from Walter Bargen, Missouri's first poet laureate, who served as poetry judge for that issue.

For a chance to win a copy of the 2009 anthology shown above, leave a comment with your name here by October 31. I will select one winner and announce the name the beginning of next month.


  1. Donna, I didn't know you were going! I was supposed to ride along but was too sick to attend. I had really wanted to sit in the poetry classes to try to figure out what editors want these days. Glad you enjoyed it. I'll trade you my OCW notes for your CCMWG ones. I do think Well Versed is about the best local anthology out there. Issue 9 is one I do not have, so throw my name in the hat please!

    1. Hi Marcia,
      Sorry you weren't up to attending the conference.
      I didn't know I was going until the last minute. I registered at the door and after the event spent time with Cari at Mizzou then went to our place in Osage County to our neighbor's bonfire/hayride/karaoke/chili-soup cook-off.
      I'm up for the trade, but the poetry sessions conflicted with other sessions I sat in on, so I don't haven any notes on poetry, but if you want to swap the ones I do have, let me know.
      And I'll toss your name in the hat for the 2009 Well Versed.

  2. Donna--Don't put my name in the hat, as I got a copy of that anthology as well (free books! Yahoo!).

    It was so nice to see you and I agree--it was well-run and informative.

  3. Sounds like one more thing to put on the To Do List. It seems that autumn is always crammed full of things with family and otherwise. Hard to get to everything and keep everyone happy. Maybe are right, the Well Versed is a great anthology.
    Thanks for the info with more to come!

  4. Hi Sioux,
    You're right. Free books, Yay!

    Hi Claudia,
    Autumn is a busy season. And you are so right about there not being enough time to get everything done.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Thanks for the info! I'm having a busy week, but if I make it to Friday, I plan to look into it.

    1. Hi Val,
      You are welcome. I'm sure you have a story to send for submission.


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