Special contest

2 Elizabeths announce a special contest with a $325.00 Grand Prize. 

Send your short fiction (1,000 – 6,000 words) or poetry collection (3 – 10 pages). The grand prize is $325. The second place prize will be $100, and the third place prize will be $75. Each of the three winners will have their work published, and will also have a full feature interview on our website and in our bi-monthly electronic magazine.

Please send your work to in either a Google Doc or Microsoft Word document. Double spacing with a legible font like Times New Roman is preferred. Please include contact information, title, and word count at the top of your document.

One short fiction entry should be between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length.
Alternatively, one poetry entry should consist of a short collection, between three and ten pages. 

They do accept multiple and simultaneous submissions, but ask that you let them know if your work is accepted elsewhere in a timely manner.

They require first rights and electronic rights of a piece we select to publish. Works will first be available on the website and then in the bi-monthly electronic magazine.

For more information, please join us at 2Elizabeths.

Marketing workshop in Henderson

The Henderson Libraries are offering a Marketing & Publishing program in the Conference Room of  the Paseo Verde branch on May 20., from 2:00PM – 4:00PM.

Titled Advice & Insight for Writing & Publishing Success From Start to Finish, it will feature authors Roger DeBlanck and Jonathan Sturak as they share inspirational strategies and techniques to guide you through the writing process and the preparation of your manuscript.

They will also share their experiences about what to consider when choosing a publishing option for your book and what approaches have worked best to gain an audience and reach success as a writer.

Hit their website to register: Advice and Insight

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

Author U Dream Book

HWG fan and friend of authors everywhere reminds us the deadline for entry is looming!

Would you like to see your manuscript turned into a book ready to sell? Enter it in AuthorU’s Draft to Dream Book Publishing Competition and you could win $7000 in publishing services for your book, Ideal for the self-published or independent author.

AuthorU is on the hunt for books in 5 categories:

Children’s – Juvenile – Young Adult – Fiction – Non-Fiction

One Winner will be selected from each of the 5 categories, PLUS the winner with the highest average score will receive a check for $1,000

Deadline is May 1st 2017. Enter promocode WDDTD to get $20 off your submission.

Details at AuthorU.org/Competition.html

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?

Conference Prep

If you’re attending the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference (you are, aren’t you?) you’ll want to attend the first three Monday evening meeting at Community Lutheran Church, 6:30pm. We’ll be refreshing everyone’s memory about Log Lines, Elevator Pitches, and Synopsis, and then helping members with those items. Then, we’ll have practice pitch sessions.

These meetings are extremely helpful in preparing for pitching to the agents and acquisition editors at the conference. Practice builds confidence. Practice helps you present your best effort. Practice helps you look and sound like the professional writer those agents and editors are searching for.

And, HWG members will be voting on Board positions on Monday, April 3.

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.