Newsletter: 13/5/1: Meeting Tonight and More on Writing
It is the first Wednesday of the month today and we have a Write Group meeting tonight at 7:00 pm (Tofield Town Office, Library building). This is our second-last meeting before Summer, so I hope you can make it — despite the weather. Watch your step however; it was slippery yesterday, so may still be today.
Am I the only one who has noticed that for the last four or five months the weather seems out to stop us from meeting?
I did not e-mail you on the weekend since I too was feeling under the weather. So, I agree this letter is extremely short notice. I apologize for that.
Remember, the conference, Words in 3 Dimensions, is on May 24-26. We don’t get writing conferences in our backyard that often, so you may want to take advantage of the opportunity to 1) meet writers, editors, agents and publishers while they are gathered together near us, and 2) take in some of the presentations on writing and marketing, and the booths set up for the writing crowd. There is something for everyone, so check out the Words in 3 Dimensions website for the program, fees and other details.
Also, depending on interest, I would like to do something special at our last meeting, June 5. I proposed a snack-luck or bring-your-own-snack, but please, if you can think of something else we can do, let me know in the survey on our new Write Group Events page.
I describe the conference and snack-luck on this Events page. I have had a couple of responses to the survey on that page already. Please take a moment to fill out that survey and let us know whether you are interested in the conference or the snake-luck.
There are several writing contest deadlines coming up. Consider submitting something. The benefit of exposure, both as an experience and a way to show potential markets — from agents to readers — that you are out there and what you can do, is immeasurable.
- The 82nd Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition has many categories for fiction, non-fiction and poem writing. Early Deadline: May 6.
- The FIELD Poetry Prize is offered annually for the best unpublished collection of poetry. The winner receives $1,000, standard royalties, and publication. Submissions are received only during the month of May.
- The Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition is offered annually for the best previously unpublished chapbook collection of poetry. The winning manuscript earns $1,000, publication, and 20 copies of the chapbook. Deadline: May 15.
- The New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best 2013 group of three to six poems. The winner receives $1,500. Deadline: May 18.
- The Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award is offered annually for the best unpublished short story. The winner receives $1,500. Deadline: May 18.
- The Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay is offered annually for the best essay. The winner receives $1,500. Deadline: May 18.
- The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award also has many categories. Deadline: June 2013.
- The 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition is also offered. Deadline: June 2013.
Share-a-story and Get Caught Reading
Do you remember the Hydra of Greek myth, who grows two heads for each that is chopped off? Today the same is true for monthly observances. With the close of National Poetry Writing Month open National Share-a-story Month and Get Caught Reading Month. These are hosted by the UK and US respectively, but they are observed and celebrated internationally. So, this month join the world, share a story and get caught reading.
To help you share that story, I offer more writing prompts from Figment. I am including Monday and Tuesday’s in addition to last week’s to close off April. You can find the full list of Figment prompts from February to April on our Prompts page in our wiki. I hope one of the prompts below inspires a story in you. If you are still in poetry writing mode, fear not, you can still share that story; poems often tell stories too.
And with that, have a great day, see you tonight and keep writing,