Writer to Writer - October 2008 - Issue One
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My first book Pennsylvania Trivia: Weird, Wacky and Wild was released by Blue Bike Books on September 15. Readers can order copies at
The second edition of Threshold Of CONSCIOUSNESS has been released (ISBN: 978-1-4327-3217-2). Quality in the manufacturing arena requires talented people. At times, they have been forgotten. Threshold Of Consciousness covers a small segment of their life. Quality people accept the challenge to guide the manufacture process. The media for the most part does not cover the average professional in quality until there is a major crisis. Here is an opportunity to mirror the life of Clay as a typical Quality Manager. He represents a Quality Manager that drives his determination and integrity to the point of frustration. The working environment has its own mixture of greed and politics regarding management direction vs. quality of production. It might be fiction but it has the background of what life has offered in the field of manufacturing. Check out my website www.outskirtspress.com/joe_vojt
and for bio background, short stories, articles and events check out http://www.authorsden.com/joevojt. I am a member of The Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association (CAPA) and the Connecticut Muse Literary Society.
Hi Cheryl! I’m really excited to announce the publication of an anthology that I edited for the Maryland Writers’ Association. For over twenty years, the MWA has nurtured and supported the Mid-Atlantic literary arts community. Now, for the first time, select MWA members deliver a riveting introduction to the region’s writing community in MWA Books’ debut anthology, New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers (ISBN: 978-0-9820032-0-6).
New Lines features 36 pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—a rich and varied selection of contemporary literature from 29 stylistically and culturally diverse writers who have been featured in publications such as Potomac Review, the Baltimore Review, Christian Science Monitor, Chattahoochee Review, Slow Trains, the Arabesques Review, Poetry Online, Chesapeake Life magazine, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, Writers Weekly, and Scribble and have been winners of the Maryland Literary Arts Award, the Maryland Individual Artist Award, and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, among others.
New Lines celebrates and continues Maryland’s literary legacy—one that stretches as far back as America’s written history. For Maryland’s cities and shores have long inspired literary greats such as Edgar Allan Poe and Gertrude Stein, as well as more contemporary writers such as Madison Smartt Bell and Laura Lippman. The bombardment of Maryland’s Fort McHenry was even Francis Scott Key’s inspiration for America’s national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”
With seven essays, fourteen poems, and fifteen short stories in genres ranging from mystery to fantasy to literary fiction, New Lines from the Old Line State has it all. For more information, check out www.marylandwriters.org.
Ally E. Peltier
Congratulations everyone. Very well done!!!
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The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves to arrange words into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream... Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.
Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Postmark deadline: December 31, 2008
All winners will be announced and published on January 31, 2009
Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story submitted.
Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for further details or to enter!
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One
Anthology Calls for Submissions:
This is a paying market:
The bestselling A Cup of Comfort book series is now seeking submissions for new anthologies. Stories must be true, original, positive, narrative essays (creative nonfiction), and 1,000-2,000 words. Entrants pay no fees.
Full guidelines, terms, and conditions can be found here:
SHARE SOME COMFORT
A SECOND CUP OF COMFORT FOR DOG LOVERS
Oh, how we humans love our canine companions -- for so many reasons and in so many ways that one Cup of Comfort collection of uplifting dog stories just wasn’t enough. So we’re giving all you dog-loving writers another opportunity to share your personal stories of canine comfort with a growing legion of dog-loving readers. This volume will feature both serious and humorous anecdotal stories covering a wide range of topics and perspectives and varying breeds of dogs. We do NOT want sad stories about a dog’s illness, injury, or death, though we will consider stories that weave a beloved pet’s illness or death into an otherwise positive story. The story should focus on the dog’s remarkable attributes and/or actions as well as on the special relationship between the dog and his/her human(s).
Submission deadline: December 15, 2008
A CUP OF COMFORT FOR THE GRIEVING HEART
When a loved one passes away, comfort is often fleeting and hard to come by. Yet, even a small comfort, like a personal story of how someone has faced a similar loss, does help to ease the sorrow. This volume will feature uplifting personal stories that reveal the special relationships and extraordinary experiences shared by the deceased and his/her loved one(s) immediately before, during, and after the loved one’s passing; it will also includes stories about the internal and external processes by which one deals with and heals from the loss of a loved one. The stories will vary with regard to subject matter, circumstances of death, and the relationship of the author to the individual who has passed away. The book will not include eulogies, profiles/memoirs of people who have passed away, or clinical depictions of death and dying.
Submission deadline: February 1, 2009
Please note that deadlines are sometimes extended by one to four weeks.
All Cup of Comfort stories must be original; true; appropriate for mainstream Americans (adult, primarily women); inspiring, comforting, and/or uplifting; and 1,000 to 2,000 words.
Creative nonfiction and narrative essays preferred (that is, incorporating such fictive elements as scene, dialogue, character/plot development, imagery, and literary word usage). Whether serious or humorous, the story should be authentic and engaging.
Electronic submissions preferred. One submission per email. Copy and paste (or type) into body of email. No formatting (no indents, centering, doublespace, bold, underline, etc.). To: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mailed submissions are acceptable. Standard typed manuscript (double-spaced, indents). Send as many submissions per envelope as you’d like, but include one SASE per submission. To: Colleen Sell, 71563 London Rd., Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424, USA.
Each submission must include: author’s full name, mailing address, email address, phone number, story title, story wordcount, and theme of volume for which it is being submitted (i.e., Grieving Hearts).
For more detailed writers guidelines:
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