Beanery Online Literary Magazine

May 27, 2008

WRITING CONFERENCES, COMPETITIONS, ETC. May 28, 2008

BELOW IS INFORMATION ON SEVEN WRITING EVENTS/COMPETITIONS, LISTED BY DATE: 

FIRST, from the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop, Somerset, PA.

FISHING for Feelings: Using Poetry as Bait
 
                                      Poetic Consciousness Workshop
 
Presented by
 
SARENE FRIEDMAN, a clinical social worker, poet, and certified poetry therapist
 
Poets used include Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson,
Langston Hughes, and many others
 
Thursday, May 29 at  7:00 p.m.

Downstairs area of the
Mary S.  Biesecker Public Library
230 S. Rosina Ave.
Somerset, PA
445-4011
 
Program is free and open to the public.

The second also comes from the Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop, Somerset, PA.

We extended the deadline for our poetry and short story contests to May 31, 2008, so you still have time to enter. Guidelines are on my website www.barbarapurbaugh.com or call 814-443-9541. I know some of you are GREAT writers. We would love to read your work!!! Barbara
Works In Progress Writers’ Workshop Writing Contest
1. Prizes
Poetry
                 First Place              $50.00
                 Second Place         $25.00
                 Third Place             $10.00
Short Story
                 First Place              $50.00
                 Second Place         $25.00
                 Third Place             $10.00
2. Deadlines 
Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, May 31, 2008.  Entries postmarked after Saturday, May 31, 2008 will
not be accepted.
3. Entry fee
There is a $5.00 entry fee.
$5.00 for 1 poem
$5.00 for each story 3,000 words or less in length
Entrants can submit to both the poetry and short story contest, but each submission must be accompanied with a
$5.00 entry fee.
4. Guidelines for Short Story Contest
Stories must be original, unpublished, typed and double-spaced, and 3,000 words or less. There are no theme restrictions, but only works of fiction will be considered. Writers’ names should not appear on the stories, and
manuscripts will not be returned. Use a page numbering header with the title of the story and the page number on the right side of each page. Copyright remains the property of the author. (We do not accept e-mailed submissions.)
Each story should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete address, e-mail address,
phone number, and title of the piece.
5. Guidelines for Poetry Contest
Maximum Length: 40 Lines per poem.  Poems must be in English; translations are not acceptable. Each poem must be typed (single spaced) on 8 1/2″ x 11″ white paper on one side only, one poem per page.  For poems longer than a page, use a page numbering header with the title of the poem and the page number on the right side of the page.  Writers’ names should not appear on the poems, and manuscripts will not be returned.
Copyright remains the property of the author. (We do not accept e-mailed submissions.)
Each submission should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete address, e-mail
address, phone number, and title of the work or works.
6. Announcement of Winners
Winners will be announced at the Works In Progress Poetry Reading on Saturday, August 2, 2008, at Laurel Arts
from 7:00-9:00 p.m. All entrants will receive a letter and list of winners-either via standard mail or e-mail-by
September 1, 2008
7. Eligibility
You must be an adult, 18 years of age or older, to enter this contest. No current member of Works in Progress
Writers’ Workshop is eligible for this contest.
8. Please make checks payable to WIP Writing Contest.
Where to submit: Please mail submissions to        
 Barbara Purbaugh, Contest Coordinator
 Works in Progress Writers’ Workshop
 237 West Union Street Rear
 Somerset, PA 15501

Third, TAKE TO STAGE WORKSHOP, JUNE 14, 2008: co-sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Writers (Ligonier, PA), the Geyer Performing Arts Center (Scottdale, PA) and the West Overton Museums (also Scottdale, PA)
This workshop will teach simple horror workshop techniques, a formula for successful playwriting and techniques for producing a murder mystery on a budget.

Pre-registration is preferred due to the need for supplies.

FEE: Non-members: $35
Members (LVW, Geyer Performing Arts center or West Overton)—$30
There is also a small charge for makeup supplies.

SCHEDULE:  8:30 a.m. registration
                        9 to 11:30 a. m.   Simply horror; horror makeup on a budget
                        11:30 a. m. to 1:00 p. m.  lunch on your own
                        1:00 to 2:30 p. m.  Formula for Success: playwriting
                        2:30 to 2:45 p. m.  break
                        2:45 to 3:30 p. m. Murder mysteries on a budget

PRESENTERS: Doug Fairall, Mary Ann Mogus and Barb Miller.

To request a brochure and registration form, visit www.ligoniervalleywriters.org or contact Mary Ann Mogus at jaguar263@verizon.net

Fourth, THE 51st ANNUAL ST. DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
Grove City College
Grove City, PA
June 16-21, 2008
For further information click on
http://www.stdavidswriters.com
or contact Audrey Stallsmith, Registrar
registrar@stdavidswriters.com

Fifth, the LIGONIER VALLEY WRITERS CONFERENCE is scheduled Saturday, July 26, 2008, in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Mark your calendar. Four great faculty members will present workshops and seminars, working with you to improve your writing.
—Fiction: Damian Dressick is a Pushcart nominee and winner of the 2007 Harriette Arnow Award for short fiction. His work has appeared or is slated to appear in more than 25 literary journals, including failbetter.com, New Delta Review, Alimentum, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Caketrain and Vestal Review. Founding curator of Pittsburgh’s UPWords Reading Series, Damian has written extensively about Pennsylvania’s coal country, including a historical novel and “Home Brew,” a short story anthologized in Main Street Rag’s Small Town Characters. He teaches creative writing and literature at Robert Morris University and serves on the advisory board for the nationally distributed journal Epiphany. Visit Damian at www.damiandressick.com.
—Nonfiction: Lori Jakiela, author of Miss New York Has Everything (Warner, 2006). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review says, “This is a marvel of a memoir, both laugh-out-loud funny and sweetly moving, about a western Pennsylvania girl who escapes her small-town roots. She comes home, ditching her big-city dreams, when her father gets sick.” Lori is also the author of a poetry chapbook, The Regulars (Liquid Paper Press, 2001). Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Creative Nonfiction, Pittsburgh Quarterly, River Styx, and elsewhere. Her essay “I’m Not a Zombie but I Played One on TV” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She serves as a speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and teaches in the writing program at Pitt Greensburg. She lives and writes in the house where she grew up in Trafford (birthplace of the chocolate-covered pickle). Visit Lori at www.lorijakiela.com or www.myspace.com/lorijakiela.
—Poetry: Nancy Krygowski, whose first book of poems, Velocity, won the 2006 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Gerald Stern says, “This is a wide-eyed, modest, assertive, wild, well-read, street-smart, edgy, loving, suffering, heaven-crazed poet. It’s a joy to find her.” A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, a Pittsburgh Foundation Grant, and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Nancy is cofounder and assistant artistic director of the Gist Street Reading Series. She works as an adult literacy instructor.
—Mystery: Casey Daniels, author of the Pepper Martin series, in which a cemetery tour guide in Cleveland finds herself solving crimes for ghosts. The first book in the series is Don of the Dead, about a Mafia don who wants Pepper to solve his murder. Publishers Weekly said of the second book in the series, The Chick and the Dead, “Daniels keeps things moving and amusing with her breezy chick-lit style and
sharp dialogue.” Visit Casey at www.caseydaniels.com. She also blogs at Thelittleblogofmurder.com.

Representatives from several Pittsburgh-area literary magazines will also be available to meet with writers one on one.

This year the conference has been streamlined to save writers both time and money. We’ve squeezed the workshops and seminars on all four genres into one day (not to mention the picnic dinner and faculty readings). The cost of the conference is only $70 for LVW members and $80 for nonmembers, plus $15 for the dinner Saturday night. Conference brochures will be available soon. To request a brochure and registration form, visit www.ligoniervalleywriters.org or contact Judith Gallagher at (724) 593-7294 or jgallagher@lhtot.com.

Ligonier Valley Writers is a nonprofit group serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania. Full membership is open to everyone interested in writing in any genre. LVW offers workshops, lectures, writing contests, and other events throughout the year. For more information about any LVW event or publication, visit www.ligoniervalleywriters.org.

The sixth item was sent to the Beanery Writers through their Beanery Online Literary Magazine.,
From Andre L. West, Editor, alwest56@hotmail.com

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves to express their innermost thoughts and feeling into the beautiful art of poetry or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. http://www.dreamquestone.com   Deadline: July 31, 2008
Guidelines:
Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.
And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.  Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.
Deadline: July 31, 2008  All winners will be announced on August 31, 2008
Prizes:
Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story submitted.
Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.
To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654
Visit http://www.dreamquestone.com for further details or to enter!
No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. “And remember, in whatever you do, it’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.” –Dream Quest One
From POETRY AND SHORT STORY CONTESTS, 2008/05/22 at 8:43 AM

Finally, an announcement from the BBC National Short Story Award 2008

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the world’s most prestigious for a single short story with the winning author receiving £15,000, the runner up £3,000 and three further authors £500 each. Broadcaster Martha Kearney will chair the panel of judges for 2008, which also include Alexander Linklater, one of the award’s founders (Prospect Magazine), Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively and Di Speirs (BBC Radio 4).

The shortlist will be announced in June 2008, with the five stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 each weekday before the winner is announced.

Aimed at highlighting the importance of the short story after many years of neglect, the award stands at the heart of a UK-wide campaign. The ambition of both award and campaign is to expand opportunities for British writers, readers and publishers of the short story. The award aims to honour the country’s finest authors in the form, with James Lasdun securing the inaugural year with “An Anxious Man” and Julian Gough winning in 2007 with “The Orphan and the Mob”. Other authors shortlisted in previous years have included Jackie Kay, Hanif Kureishi, Rose Tremain and William Trevor.
The BBC hopes that the award can continue to serve as a reminder of the power of the short story in a literary environment dominated by the novel. Alexander Linklater, founder of the award, said:

Last year’s winner, Julian Gough, said that winning the prize had saved his writing life.

The award can’t itself revive the British story, but it will guide the spotlight onto the writers who can.

Previous winning entries can be found on the website, along with full competition details and an entry form. Please visit their website at http://www.theshortstory.org.uk/

For additional reading about writing click on:
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ARE WEBSITES (BLOGSITES) BENEFICIAL TO WRITERS?

COPYRIGHTS GET NO RESPECT!

DOES EXAGGERATING THE TRUTH CREATE GOOD STORIES?

PROTECTING PRIVACY OF PERSONAL DATA ON YOUR COMPUTER

SELF-PUBLISHING AS I WANDER THROUGH IT

MORALITY IN WRITING

BAD WRITING CONTESTS

JOURNALISM QUESTION

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The Beanery Writers Online Newsletter (BWON) shares information on our members—their writing, their activities/interests, their concerns, their thoughts, as well as news on conferences, perhaps a joke or two. It will include links to the most hit posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM)— www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com—and the other sites the group facilitator manages: www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com and www.laurelmountainboro.wordpress.com (the latter a newsletter for her community, Laurel Mountain Borough).

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The BOLM (
www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) accepts submissions (in any genre) from guest writers. Items may be edited, but if there are any significant changes your work will be sent to you for your approval.. Submit your post to beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line…

To receive a sample copy of the Beanery Writers Newsletter E-mail beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the words “NEWSLETTER SAMPLE” in the subject line.

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