I hope you found part one of this update useful. Here’s part two, with more places to submit, and contests to enter.
First, though, member Libby Waterford is teaching a couple of useful virtual classes in April. The first is Writing Dynamic Fictionwhich will cover the following aspects of craft: dialogue, active voice, backstory, point of view, and show not tell. If you have an in-progress manuscript or are at the beginning of a new project, this class will help you come away writing more dynamic fiction. Begins April 9. The second is a two-hour workshop on April 24, from 10-12 noon. – Writing Faster. Libby writes first drafts in 40-90 days on average, so she should know. She’ll discuss mindset, tools and techniques, and how to set yourself up for successful writing sessions.
The 2021 Connecticut Literary Festival’s Anthology is accepting submissions for their second volume writing by Connecticut writers. (Defined as residing in Connecticut by January 1, 2021.) They are looking for fiction and creative nonfiction (3,500 words max), and poetry (2 poems max). Submission details here. Deadline: April 15.
The Writers Rendezvous this month welcomed several new members, and ran into extra time because we had so much to talk about. I’m going to start this update with events and contests that have upcoming deadlines, and leave the more general information for part two of the post.
First, the Bridgeport History Center at the Bridgeport Library will be holding its monthly memoir writing workshop with Brian Hoover (online, of course) this Saturday, February 20, from 10:30-12:00 pm. The class includes writing exercises, an exploration of the nature of memoirs, and feedback on voice and perspective. Register here.
Here are some contests with upcoming deadlines. Check the links for full details:
Here’s more information you may find of interest. Among other things, I will be running the Monday morning write-ins from 10-11:30ish indefinitely. So if you’ve had trouble concentrating, or sitting down to write, do not despair. Contact me for the … Continue reading →
This post covers perennial topics for writers. This business changes so rapidly that keeping up can be hard. I hope this helps. (LB: info provided by Lauren Busser) EDITING I’m always encouraging people to edit their work before submitting it … Continue reading →
We had another great Zoom meeting yesterday. I love seeing new people, as well as the usual suspects. This is a strange time for us all, but I see many positives coming out of it – in particular the creative ways in which writing and publishing are being supported. Check below for excellent online events you can get to without moving from your living room. Member Lauren Busser (right) had several useful links for you. (Thank you, Lauren!) I’ve marked her contributions LB.
If you’re having trouble getting down to writing, and you’d like some accountability, you might try writing 1000 words a day for two weeks, with author Jami Attenberg’s #1000WordsofSummer challenge. The 2020 session will be from May 29-June 11. You’ll receive a daily email encouraging you to write and all levels of writers are welcome. LB
The annual BookExpo in New York is the largest book fair in the country, and part of it, BookCon, is devoted to the public, rather than to the business of publishing. This year they’re doing it virtually, Continue reading →
Or alternatively: My constant cheeriness drives people nuts. Two terrible examples of a six-word memoir.
I don’t know if you know Smith Magazine? I may have mentioned them before. They’re a class act, (published by TED Books, a division of the TED Conference), and they invented the six-word memoir, and to date they’ve published seven volumes of them. It’s not as easy as you might think to come up with a really good six word memoir, but you can see some of the winning ones here.
Now they’ve raised the bar slightly, or maybe quite a bit, depending on how talented you are. For their next book, they’re looking for illustrations to go with the memoir, and they have to be done by the author, and – the author has to be a student – of any age. The book will be entitled: Things Don’t Have to be Complicated: The Art of Six-Word Memoirs by Students of the World.
Here are some of the current entries. Try not to get discouraged…they’re good.
You can read the submission guidelines here, and they’re taking submissions through October 15th.
I had this email from the Missouri Review yesterday. If you’ve been putting off entering – now’s your chance.
We wanted to let you know that The Missouri Review has decided to extend the deadline of our 2012 Audio Competition by an additional week. The new online submission system and our pay-by-donation entry fee caused some confusion early on, and we would like to give all entrants a chance to adjust to those changes. Entries must now be postmarked or emailed to us no later than Thursday, March 22nd.
The Audio Competition offers prizes of $1,000 in each of three categories: poetry, prose, and audio documentary. It’s easy to enter! All you need to record your work is a microphone, a computer, and free recording software, such as Audacity or GarageBand. Entries and payments can be submitted online.
The Connecticut Office of Tourism is running a very egalitarian story contest. It’s egalitarian (I hope) because members of the public vote for their favorite story, rather than a panel of judges. This probably means that a story will be judged more on how it resonates with a reader than how well it’s written. Interesting.
The details of the contest make it simple, and free, to enter. The limit is 250 words, which ensures you can enter two or three pieces without much trouble. They’re asking for a photo or video to accompany the writing, but it needn’t have too much to do with the story, judging by the entries so far. If you’ve been hesitating to submit your work, this is your chance to do so, and be guaranteed some exposure online. Even if only your family votes for you, you’ll still be on your way. Voting will begin on February 23, 2012 and end on May 25, 2012, so you’ve time to come up with something great.
Here are the basic details:
“What is Your Connecticut Story” Contest
Each Story must address the theme “Tell us where your passion lies.” We want to hear about the Connecticut people, places and experiences you love most
Each Story must written in the English language and be 250 words or less.
Each entry must include an Essay and a Photo and/or Video.
Each entry must include first and last name, Zip code, and email address.
There will be one Grand Prize winner and three First Prize winners. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1,000 gift card. There will be three First Prize packages:
1) Connecticut Arts Pack which includes: a) two tickets to the winner’s choice of the Palace Theatre, Waterbury 2012-2013 Season, b) two (2) tickets to the Stamford Center for the Arts, c) two tickets to a performance of Carousel at the Goodspeed Opera House, and d) two passes to the Connecticut Art Trail; worth about $350,
2) Uniquely Connecticut Gourmet Pack includes: a) $100 Stew Leonard’s gift certificate and a Stew’s Choice basket; worth roughly $250
3) Proud Connecticut Home Pack which includes a gift set of Stanley Black & Decker tools, worth $160.
The Grand Prize and First Prize winners will be notified on or about June 1, 2012.
I’ve abridged the rules to make them a bit more digestible, so please check the full rules etc here.
I lifted this shamelessly from the Missouri Review’s email to me. It sounds like fun, and a different way to reach people with your work. GC
The Missouri Reviewinvites you to submit to our 2012 Audio Competition for a chance to win $1,000 and to have your entry published on The Missouri Review’s website. Send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script.
This year, in an effort to expand the contest, we have opened submissions (previously $20) to a pay-by-donation entry fee. Your contribution of any amount includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, and all of your donation goes to support the production of The Missouri Review and its related programs.
Winners and select runners-up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series. Entries will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with guest judge Julie Shapiro of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Poets & Writers, is probably best known for its magazine for, well, poets and writers. In fact it describes itself as the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. They have two offices, one in New York City and the other in Los Angeles.
Among the many things they do to support writers is to maintain the best database of contests, literary magazines that I’ve come across. Check out their site to find out what they do. And then link to their database Writing Contests, Grants & Awards, to find out where you should be submitting next.