Monthly Archives: September 2015

Hallowe’en fun

This is your reminder about Spooky Story Night. It will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 6pm, at Darrah’s home. Cost is $10 per person and benefits the HWG. Remember, this is YOUR group and it needs your support.

The fun of the evening will be the Spooky Story Contest. Submit a piece of Flash Fiction, which will be read aloud. Those present will vote for the one they like best. Three prizes will be handed out, and then all stories will be included in an anthology published through CreateSpace. But, of course, there are rules!

Submission Guidelines

  • Contestants must attend Spooky Story Night event in order to be entered.
  • Entries cannot exceed 500 words.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • All entries must be e-mailed to Alba at, with SPOOKY STORY NIGHT as the subject heading, no later than Wednesday, October 21.
  • Entries limited to first 20 stories submitted. (first come, first serve)

But wait…there’s more. (Didn’t think we’d make it that easy, did you?) To be considered, each piece MUST contain the following ten words somewhere in the story:

spooky               dungeon          zombie             graveyard        skull         jack o’ lantern    glowing           cauldron          phantom          Henderson Writers’ Group

A love letter from Big Sur

That’s right: today’s the day when we gently encourage you, fans of Big Sur Writing Workshops, to tell seven friends about the upcoming Dec 4 – 6 Big Sur Writing Workshop to be held at the world-famous Big Sur Lodge.  Why, you ask?  Here’s why:

1.  You love your friends. And naturally, you want the best for them. So why wouldn’t you tell any aspiring children’s writer about the greatest workshop of it’s kind — in arguably the world’s most beautiful location — in the known universe?  It’s common sense!

2.  All sorts of other reasons pertaining to how much you love your friends. They include the possibility of landing a publishing deal with co-sponsor Andrea Brown, incredible one-on-one and small-group feedback, countless satisfied alumni across the past 18 (!) years, and working with the most accomplished authors, editors, and agents in the industry.

3.  It will sell out. They always do, and then people get sad (and sometimes mad.) And do you want your friends to be sad?  Or mad?  Or — God forbid — both? Of course not.

Now you’re probably thinking, “OK, fine, I’ll tell at least, oh, three friends. But how?”

Here’s how!  Forward them this link:

…or simply have them call us at 831-667-2574.

Lastly, you’re also wondering: why seven friends?

The answer is a bit more difficult to articulate.  Seven just seems right.  For example, in China, the number 7 is considered lucky because it sounds similar to the Chinese words for ‘arise’ and ‘life’. It is also symbolic of togetherness and, as a result, is seen as a good omen in relationships.

Togetherness….good omens…healthy relationships. That’s what friends — and the Big Sur Writing Workshops — are for!


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Fall Fiction Contest

Announcing $2000 Fall Fiction Contest with Jeff VanderMeer

Plan on taking some time to hone your craft this weekend? Well, let the Masters Review give you something to shoot for! Submissions are now open for our Fall Fiction Contest featuring Jeff VanderMeer as judge. $2000 will be awarded to the winner ($200 / $100 awarded for second / third) and publication on The Masters Review or all three winners. Additionally Jeff and his wife Ann will be crafting personalized feedback on the winning stories! Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2015. For full info: Master’s Review

Poetry deadline looms

2015 Live Canon International Poetry Competition submission deadline is September 6.

First prize is £1000. The winning poem will also be eligible for the Forward Prize for best individual poem.
The unique aspect of the Live Canon competition is that all the shortlisted poems are performed by the Live Canon ensemble (from memory) in a special event at Greenwich Theatre to launch the anthology and announce the overall winner. As part of the judging process all poems are read aloud by the judging panel, so we are particularly interested in poems which leap off the page.
Single poems are accepted, of any length, and from anywhere in the world, provided they are written in the English language. 25 shortlisted poems are published in an annual anthology.
Previous winners include Inua Ellams (2014), Tessa Foley (2013) and Andrew McMillan (2012).
Hit the website for submission: LIVE CANON

Poetry treat for Clark County

Juan Felipe Herrera, newly appointed Poet Laureate of the United States,

to read his works September 26 at Nevada State College.

Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson announces a reading by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will be held on the campus of Nevada State College in Henderson at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 26.

The reading will mark Herrera’s Nevada debut after being appointed the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in June 2015. He earned an MFA at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the author of 28 books of poetry, novels for young adults and collections for children, most recently Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (2014), a picture book. His poetry books include Half the World in Light (University of Arizona Press) and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border (City Lights). He is the first Hispanic poet to serve in the position. When his appointment was announced he said: “This is a mega-honor for me, for my family and my parents who came up north before and after the Mexican Revolution of 1910—the honor is bigger than me.”

Herrera’s reading is part of the “Poets of National Stature,” program initiated by Bruce Isaacson, Clark County’s first Poet Laureate. The program seeks to expand the knowledge and practice of poetry in Clark County. “Poetry is important—it reflects the feelings which bind us to the values and beliefs we hold closest,” said Isaacson.

The reading is co-sponsored by Nevada State College and held the same week of the dedication of two new campus buildings, including a 250-seat theatre, where the reading will take place. “Nevada State College is thrilled to have this opportunity to support the work of our national poet laureate, and the work of our inaugural Clark County poet laureate,” said Angela Brommel, Director of the Office of Arts & Culture Initiatives at Nevada State College. “It is an honor to co-sponsor this historic event which corresponds with the opening of our new buildings on campus, and the unveiling of the founding NSC Art Collection. We look forward to a bright future of creating community-based programming with local arts partners.”

Herrera’s visit also echoes changes in Clark County, which is now approximately one-third Hispanic. That growth is being answered by Clark County Parks and Recreation, which is intimately involved in the presentation of the PLOTUS to broaden cultural programming. “A visit by our brand new national poet laureate, a Hispanic born and raised in the U.S., who grew to such prominence through language and art, will make an indelible mark on our cultural landscape,” said Patrick Gaffey, Clark County Cultural Supervisor.

The reading will take place on the campus of Nevada State College in Henderson, near Clark County Museum. All events, including a poetry workshop at a location to be determined, will be free and open to the public.

Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, in 1948. The son of migrant farm workers, he moved often, living in tents and trailers along the roads of Southern California, and attended school in small towns from San Francisco to San Diego. In 1972 he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor’s degree in social anthropology. He then attended Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree in social anthropology, and in 1990 received a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He was previously Poet Laureate of California.

Bruce Isaacson has lived in Las Vegas since 1995. He earned an M.F.A. at Brooklyn College with Allen Ginsberg as his thesis advisor. Isaacson was a finalist in the first season of the poetry slam at the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café. As publisher of Zeitgeist Press, founded in 1986, he has produced more than 100 titles. The inaugural Poet Laureate for Clark County plans to publish an anthology of work by regional poets by the end of his two-year term.

Clark County created the position of county poet laureate and introduced Isaacson as its first laureate June 12, the same day the Library of Congress announced the selection of Herrara as Poet Laureate of the United States or PLOTUS.