Monthly Archives: March 2015

Prepare to conquer!

At last evening’s meeting, Darrah did a short presentation on preparing for the pitch sessions at the conference. A handout provided some bullet points for your Bio and Synopsis. I’ve attached a pdf you can download and use for reference as you work on those very important, needed items.

We will not have any readers over the next few weeks in an effort to help our members prepare. This coming Monday will focus on Bios and Synopses. Be sure to get yours prepared and bring it with you.

Author Bios and Synopsis

Upcoming Elections

Nominations were opened, during this past Monday’s meeting, for the following Board of Directors positions:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Publicity Officer
  • Education Officer

These are all for a two-year term.

The nominating process will continue through the upcoming meeting on March 30th. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors you may nominate yourself, or have another member place your name into the running. Nominations must receive a Second, or “vote of confidence,” from another, separate member before being placed on the ballot.

Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting, held the first Monday of each April. This year’s election will be on April 6, at Community Lutheran Church.

New By-Laws have been proposed and must be ratified by the general membership at this same meeting. Please ensure you have read them over carefully, understand them, and (you) are prepared for the voting process.

Opportunity for Local Authors

Heritage Park Senior Center is hosting a monthly platform for local authors to come in and talk about their published works.  If you, or anyone in your group, is interested in discussing their work at HPK, please email Matt Hortt, Head of Adult Services, at for more information and to schedule an appearance.


Have a wonderful day,


Shakita Kirkland

Adult Services Librarian

James I. Gibson Library

100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy

Henderson, NV  89015


International Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for submissions. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving you the chance to showcase your work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

  • £500 Poetry winner
  • £500 Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015. Entry is £15 plus VAT (approximately $22.42)

Link: Aesthetica

Black Mountain Institute

The Black Mountain Institute will host authors Jamaica Kincaid and Caryl Phillips in a panel titled “Crossing the Black Atlantic,” moderated by UNLV Assistant Professor Julia Lee. The conversation will cover how each examines the Caribbean diaspora, the history of the Altantic slave trade, and the questions of racial and national identity in their work.

The March 19, 2015, event will be held in the Philip J. Cohen Theater of the UNLV Student Union at 7:00pm. This event is Free, Unticketed, and Open to the public.