Beanery Online Literary Magazine

January 16, 2008


January 16, 2008: Information has come to my attention on numerous writing workshops, conferences and competitions. I’ve compiled them below for your information. Carolyn, facilitator of the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, PA and manager of the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (Vol. 1at , Vol. 1 Archives at )

LVW Writers to Provide Tips on Copyediting
FIRST: Have you been sending your writing to publishers and getting only rejection slips in return? Maybe you just need to give your writing a final polish in order to start selling it.

At a Help Desk at the Greensburg (PA) Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 26, from 2 to 4 p.m., experts from Ligonier Valley Writers will explain how–and why–to copyedit your work.

Copyediting is a line-by-line polishing to make sure that the story or article reads smoothly and there are no errors in grammar or style. Editors and agents usually don’t read beyond the first paragraphs of a sloppy manuscript. Submitting clean copy can help you beat the odds.

The Help Desk panelists are Judith Gallagher, Ed Kelemen, Mary Ann Mogus, and Ron Shafer.

Judith Gallagher has been an editor for 30 years. She has worked on both fiction and nonfiction for book publishers like Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill, as well as for magazines. She has memorized much of The Chicago Manual of Style (the main reference source for copyeditors).

Ed Kelemen is a novelist who also writes a weekly column for the Blairsville Dispatch. He has published articles in numerous local, regional, and national magazines, including Air News, Catholic Digest, and Focus. (view his writing at this site — —in the category WR/V KELEMEN-ED)

Mary Ann Mogus is a retired physics professor who volunteers at West Overton Museums. She is a freelance writer published in a number of areas and genres. Her book Jaguar’s Mirror was released in 2006, and her most recent story appeared in the 2007 Loyalhanna Review. Her article “The Great Whiskey Trail” was in the winter 2005 issue of Westmoreland History. Her website is

Ron Shafer writes both fiction and nonfiction. His works have appeared in a number of local and regional publications. He is a member of several local writers’ groups, including the Ligonier Valley Writers and the Greensburg Writers’ Group, and is a graduate of the masters’ program in writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

LVW is a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania . Full membership is open to everyone interested in writing in any genre.

Check the website for more about such forthcoming programs as “The Valentine Murders,” an interactive mystery workshop to be held February 9 at Greensburg Hempfield Area Library.

For more information about the Help Desk or any LVW events or publications, visit

TWO: The 2008 Poetry and Short Story Contest Forms Are Now Available. Entries must be postmarked or delivered to the office by March 15, 2008. Please see the application form for appropriate fee information.

For 34 years, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival has been bringing the arts and humanities to our community. In 2008, as part of our continuing tradition, the Festival once again offers the Annual Westmoreland Poetry & Short Story Contest. This Contest is one root of our commitment to promoting and understanding the humanities, and provides an exceptional forum for writers and poets to present their work to the public.

Entries are juried by accomplished and established jurors in the community who have shown a commitment to the humanities. Based on their knowledge and expertise, one juror is chosen to evaluate the poetry entries and a second juror is chosen to jury the short stories. Winners in each contest are displayed at Twin Lakes Park during the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, where over 100,000 patrons may read the exceptional works.

The 34th Annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival kindly invites you to participate in the 2008 Westmoreland Poetry & Short Story Contest. The Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest Deadline is March 15. Check or email at

Acrobat Reader is Required to see the Entry Form. Please download the form for entry into the 2008 Poetry and Short Story contest.

THREE: The 2007 form for the Ligonier Valley (PA) Writers Student Poetry Contest is on the web site.

FOUR: I am the conference coordinator for Pennwriters 21st annual conference with keynote Joyce Carol Oates, workshops, and agent/editor pitch sessions.
I’ve pasted a link for a pdf version of the conference bulletin: Ayleen

FIVE: FLASH FICTION IN ARTVOICE: In the Margins occasionally includes flash fiction alongside the poetry, features, interviews and book reviews. In the Margins seeks submissions of flash fiction, meaning complete stories running 500 words or less. Stories longer than 500 words will not be considered. Send submissions to flash fiction editor Forrest Roth at or mail them to Flash Fiction Editor, Artvoice, 810 Main Street, Bffalo, NY, 14202. Please include SASE for return of manuscript.

SIX: April 19, 2008, Promoting Cancer Awareness, Prevention, and Support in African American Communities: Uniting the Faithful to Reduce Health Disparities.
The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Candler’s (Emory University School of Theology) Contextual Education Office, in partnership with The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, invites you to a one-day regional community conference.
Call for Sermons
This conference provides an opportunity for pastors, preachers, and seminarians to submit sermon proposals that aim to raise health consciousness and challenge participants to play a continued role in promoting cancer awareness, prevention, and support in their communities. Proposed sermons, in the form of manuscripts and outlines, will be accepted on one of the following topics: cancer awareness, cancer prevention, or support for those affected by cancer. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, associate professor of homiletics, will review all proposals submitted, and one sermon will be selected on each topic to be distributed at the conference. One of the three selected sermons will be chosen for oral presentation during the closing plenary. Submit sermon proposals via email to Dr. Fry Brown at with “Call for Sermons” in the subject line by February 15, 2008.


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