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Call For Submissions From Writer’s Relief

From: Ronnie L. Smith, President, Writer’s Relief, Inc.

RE: Deadline Thursday, June 22

Here’s my personal invitation: Submit your work for our consideration TODAY.

We want to add a few new clients to our list. We are accepting work in the following genres only: novel/memoir, poetry, and short prose (fiction or personal essays). Please do not send children’s books or poetry collections. Thursday, June 22, is the deadline.

Hire us to do the research and the legwork involved in making submissions, and you’ll have more time to write. We have a service for every budget. However, entering our Full Service client list does require Review Board approval, and fewer than 20% of applications are accepted, so send your strongest work.

Submit your work today using our quick and easy online form. Click this link: http://www.writersrelief.com/review_board

Deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 22.

Admission to our client list is by invitation only, so please send your best writing. Please note: Not all work is accepted.

Submission guidelines may be found at this link: http://www.writersrelief.com/submission-guidelines-for-review-board

We’ve been helping creative writers find the best markets for their work for over 20 years. If your writing is strong, we may be able to help you too.

QUESTIONS? Give us a call today.

We look forward to reading your writing sample!

Sincerely,

Ronnie L. Smith
President, Writer’s Relief, Inc.
(866) 405-3003 (toll-free)
www.WritersRelief.com/Review_Board

P.S. Whether or not our reviewers send an invitation to join our client list, every writer who applies to our Full Service will receive a FREE copy of our digital workbook, The Goal-Oriented Writer: How to Define and Organize Your Writing Goals, once they’ve submitted work for Review Board consideration. We love this workbook, and we think it will help you become a better writer.

P.P.S. This is a great time of year to get started. The majority of agents and editors in our database read through the summer months. Regular submissions = more acceptances. Submit your strongest writing samples to our Review Board today, and we’ll find the best markets most likely to be interested in accepting your work. Deadline is Thursday, June 22.

If you have already submitted for this Review Board call, we thank you. Our readers will respond to your submission shortly.

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“A deadline puts you up against the wall. That’s how I do all my writing. If I don’t have a deadline from someone else, I make a deadline.” ~Natalie Goldberg

“Make your characters live, make them real. If your readers do not empathize with your characters, your story, no matter how clever, must surely fail. Make them love your characters or hate them. Let the reader be envious of them or repelled or fascinated; but make the reader believe. There is only one way to do that: YOU must believe.” ~Sidney Sheldon

Guest Speaker

Toni Briegel, will speak on May 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her topic: What an Editor Does and the Different Type of Editors

Dr. Toni Briegel has been an educator, writer, and editor for an embarrassing number of years. Recently retired after spending 14 years as a professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, she has begun a free-lance editing business. Her published books range from tomes full of academic research to poetry. Her degrees are in English, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction. She attended film school and interned at the University of Arkansas Press. She has served as editor for several educational journals and has edited student papers ranging from first attempts at writing short paragraphs to doctoral dissertations. She has experience editing children’s books, personal memoirs, novels, coffee table books,  and newspaper articles.

Mentors Needed

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is searching for Mentors for their annual program.

The application time period is open until June 15. NV SCBWI is an all volunteer organization of writers and illustrators helping each other to create an arts community for children’s literature.

Ellen Hopkins and Suzanne Morgan Williams founded the program and we have kept it going.

They have hired 9 authors and one children’s book art director from Chronicle Books to become mentors for a six month time period where they will have writers revised their manuscripts in hopes of having it be ready for literary agent representation.

Each mentor will take up to 3 mentees.

All of the information is on their website: SCBWI

The mentors are paid but not their usual rate since they are doing this to help other writers. NV SCBWI tries best to break even, although in the past they’ve lost money and have events all year long to try to make up the difference.

Here is a list of the authors participating thus far: SCBWI Mentors

Dime Grinds

That’s right. A dime. Ten little cents. You have that much in a penny jar in your closet, right?

A terrific new coop between literature and business has begun in town.  Henderson Writers Group teams up with CoCo Cafe in Town Square. Support for the business is support for the writer. Support for the writer is support for the business! We hope you’ll join us!

This month features Mathieu Cailler, author of Loss Angeles, and Lauren Tallman, author of How to Have an Affair and Not Get Caught.

At .10 a cup, how can you go wrong?

Eliza So Fellowship

Ends on March 15, 2017

We’re very excited to offer the 1st Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to give a writer time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block for the month of June 2017, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1) You have a novel, collection of stories, or memoir in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum)
2) You are at least one of the following: a) A US immigrant (documented or undocumented), b) first-generation American, c) a resident of Montana, or d) a parent with at least one child under the age of 5.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Applications are due by 11:59PM MST on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

FAQs:
1) What is the Writer’s Block?
The Writer’s Block is located in downtown Las Vegas and consists of a Book Shop, Las Vegas’ only independent bookstore; Codex, a writers’ studio dedicated to education, production, and publishing; and The Book Machine, a unique and quick book-making tool for self-publishers. There is also an artificial bird sanctuary. See more at http://www.thewritersblock.org/.

2) I was born in Montana, but have moved out of the state. Can I still apply?

No. If you’re applying based on the “resident of Montana” requirement, this means you must currently be a resident of Montana.
3) Are there any requirements beyond writing?
The Eliza So fellow will work with The Writer’s Block on a public-facing event, such as a reading or lecture.
4) What are the accommodations like?
You’ll be staying at a furnished apartment in the Pioneer Heights neighborhood of downtown Las Vegas. The studio apartment has an attached kitchen and bathroom. Free wifi is included. The apartment is on the ground floor and should be accessible for anyone with mobility issues.

5) Is there a gambling allowance?
No, unless you count your food stipend.
6) What if I have already published a novel, memoir, or full-length collection?
This is fine, as long as your book-in-progress is a different piece of work.
7) Who is Eliza So?
Eliza So immigrated to the US from Hong Kong in the early 1980’s with her husband Albert and their two young daughters. She worked in administrative and housekeeping jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, while she and Albert raised their daughters. In her late 50’s, she began showing signs of dementia, and she was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s in 2012. This fellowship is in honor of a very kind, hard-working, vibrant, and warm person who still remembers her daughters, one of whom is a Submittable employee.

Call for Submissions

Warren Publishing, a premier custom book publisher since 1988, and Marine Corps veteran and award-winning author, Tracy Crow, recently partnered to develop the first imprint to exclusively publish books written by American women military veterans and military family members.

The imprint will operate through a newly formed contest, The Deborah Sampson Prize for Women’s Military Writing, named after Revolutionary War patriot Deborah Sampson who secretly dressed as a man to fight in the Continental Army.

Female military writers may submit manuscripts between 40,000 and 80,000 words, fiction or nonfiction. For fiction, writers may submit a short-story collection or novel. For nonfiction, writers may submit a collection of essays or a book-length memoir.

Deadline is April 31, 2017.

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Warren Publishing also announces a “Call for Submissions.”

Warren Publishing is currently accepting submissions for the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, historical fiction, YA, art and coffee table books and children’s books. There’s no need for an invitation or representation by a literary agent, although we do ask that all manuscripts are edited and polished.

Warren Publishing is a hybrid publishing company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. For nearly 30 years, Warren has been incorporating our unique five-step publishing process to take our authors from visualization through world-wide marketplace placement in both online and retail stores. Our process is proven by our award-winning titles, quick turnarounds, and the accolades of others in the publishing business. Our work has won awards for remarkable publishing, including the Garland P. Stout Publishing Award for Excellence in Publishing.

Visit our submissions tab on our website www.warrenpublishing.net today, or call us at 980-265-2336 and learn what we can do for you!

*Please note that Warren Publishing is a family-friendly publisher and will not accept erotica or “non-PG” submissions.

Painted Stories accepting submissions

Painted Stories is now accepting submissions for “Love is in the Ink,” the first event of 2017. They have left the LV-CCLD and are no longer restricted to traditionally published authors.

DEADLINE: February 1, 2017

THEME: Romance (broadly speaking) in honor of Valentine’s Day
WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2-4PM
WHERE: Bootlegger Bistro, (private dining room), 7700 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(just north of the Blue Diamond exit off the I-15)
COST: Free for current WSN members/$5 at the door for non-members

For this one we are returning to our original format of five (5) authors reading from their work for 10-12 minutes each while our Guest Artist uses their words as inspiration to turn blank canvas into individual works of art.

A brief author and artist Q&A will be held after each author concludes and an auction of all the art work will be held immediately after the reading.

Doors open at 1PM for those interested in partaking of the Bootlegger Bistros wonderful Italian-American menu. The program will start promptly at 2PM.

There is no cost to enter and you are welcome to enter as many entries as you like.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Select a short story, or excerpt from a longer work, that would take you approximately 10 minutes to read aloud. (if you are uncomfortable reading in front of a live audience, we’re happy to find a reader for you.) Unlike last year when we were doing this at the Jewel Box Theater, what you choose to read does NOT have to be previously published – it can even be a work in progress!

2. Keep in mind that the selection you choose should have a strong sense of setting or a highly descriptive scene so that our Guest Artist has something to work with. Dialogue driven stories are okay, but try to give our Guest Artist something to dip their paint into. Your story or excerpt does not have to be a generic romance story either – relationships between characters exist in mysteries, westerns, sci-fi, thrillers and all genres. Essays or memoir excerpts (i.e., non-fiction) also welcomed!

3. Submit your entry in either Word or PDF format to: nevadawriters(at)gmail(dot)com with the Subject Line: “Love Is In The Ink” by February 1st, or visit our website at www(dot)nevadawriters(dot)org. Selected readers will be notified by February 5th.

WSN will be announcing it’s full calendar of 2017 events shortly, including a regular mixer/open mic series, a March workshop on “Finding Your Audience”, a two-part presentation skills workshop in May, a workshop on interview skills in the fall, an open call for entries for our “Endless Summer” Painted Stories, an open call for our “Chills” Painted Stories, our ongoing monthly Author’s Roundtable, our Writers Retreat in Boulder City the end of September and a few other special programs to help you hit your word count and publishing goals for 2017.

When you see all that we have planned for 2017, we’re sure you’ll want to join WSN to enjoy significant discounts on these and other members-only events. Remember, WSN is where you help shape the writing community you want to see.

Stop by and see us on February 12th even if you don’t wish to see one of your stories immortalized in paint. We”re sure you’ll be glad you did.

AZ Writers conference

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University at Tempe announces the upcoming Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference for Feb 16 – 18, 2017.

In addition to this year’s keynote speaker—ASU Regents Professor Simon Ortiz—faculty include Benjamin Percy, Sanderia Faye, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Sally Ball, Adrienne Celt, Paolo Bacigalupi, Dominic Smith, Malinda Lo, Kate Bernheimer, Bill Konigsberg, Alissa Nutting, Goldie Goldbloom, Matthew Olzmann, and many more. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the conference can visit the registration page, rsvp to the facebook event, or download a flier, postcard, or press release

 

 

January Speaker

Binnie Tate Wilkin will our January speaker on the 23. She will present Sharing and Communication are the Objects of Both Verbal and Written Communication.

Binnie has worked as a school librarian, a children’s librarian and a storyteller. As Children’s Specialist for the Los Angeles City Library, she received national attention for her creative participation in that library’s federally funded outreach project. She received her Master of Library Science at State University of New York-Albany.
Her latest book is A Life In Storytelling Anecdotes, Stories to Tell, Stories With Movement and Dance, Suggestions for Educators.