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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.

No entry fee Visual Prompt Contest

The Neon Museum Visual Prompt Contest with Helen Magazine is now on progress.  There’s no entry fee for this one, and the award is $25 and a Neon Museum gift bag with tickets, and a goodie bag provided by The Writer’s Block indie bookstore. Deadline is October 31, 2016; winner will be announced November 15, 2016.

Submission details and Images: Helen Magazine

Support your local lit magazine & Indie bookstore

VIVA VEGAS LIT: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at The Writer’s Block

CO-HOSTED BY THE LITERARY REVIEW & HELEN: A LITERARY MAGAZINE

Join Heather Lang with The Literary Review and Jocelyn Paige Kelly with Helen: A Literary Magazine for a celebration of both publications’ Las Vegas contributors.

Featuring TLR contributors: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, and Angela M. Brommel; and Helen contributors: Jennifer Battisti, Arika Elizenberry, Caroline Horwitz, Michael Kroesche, Ingrid Taylor, and Sarah Vernetti.

The Literary Review is an international print journal of contemporary writing that has been published quarterly since 1957 by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Helen: A Literary Magazine is a Vegas-based literary and arts magazine published biannually in innovative print and digital media.

Don’t forget!

Retired FBI special agent Scott Decker, a non-fiction writer and security consultant, will speak Monday, October 4, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana.

His topic– ATTRIBUTION—Anthrax, Terror and the Evolution of Forensics, is the title of his book scheduled to be released next year.

Scott Decker joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1990 and was first assigned to the Boston Division’s Bank Robbery Task Force. In 1997, he became the fourth member of the FBI’s new Hazardous Materials Response Unit.

On September 12, 2001, he led a team of FBI Hazmat Officers to Ground Zero where they established a command post at the edge of the destruction. He returned from New York to head up a squad of agents—each with an advanced degree in science—at the Washington Field Office and coordinated the evolving forensics of the 2001 anthrax attack investigation.

Decker retired from the FBI in 2011 and holds a PhD in genetics. His narrative non-fiction articles have appeared in the Grapevine and the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review and he will be teaching two courses, Bank Robberies and Armored Car Heists and The Evolving Face of Terrorism, for the Romance Writers of America. Scott is working on revisions to his first book: ATTRIBUTION—Anthrax, Terror and the Evolution of Forensics, due for publication in 2017.