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Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Gift from Dwight Harshbarger

Dear Terry and Eric,

I appreciate the listing of In the Heart of the Hills in the WV Christmas booklist. Thanks.

I writing to ask you to announce to members that I'd like to give them a small Christmas gift. In the Heart of the Hills: A Novel in Stories is now available, FREE, to read, browse, or download. Members should go to, then scroll down the home page. They''ll see the URL link to connect to the download / read page.


Best wishes for the holidays,


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Uncle Terry's Gift Ideas from WV Authors 2008

The West Virginia Writers, Inc. Members Book List!
Feel free to browse and if you need contact info, let me know.

  • SEEKING THE SWAN by WV Writers, Inc.

  • 'Everything I Know' and Tips and Techniques Workbook by Sandy Tritt

  • "Eyes in the Attic" by Nadine McKinney

  • Oscar and the Rainbow by Marilyn McIntosh Blair

  • "Silent No More" by Krista Fink

  • The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Ken Sullivan, editor

  • 'The Measure of Everything' and 'I Was So Much Older Then' by Ed Davis

  • 'Journey of the Snow Goose' and 'No Name Harbor' by Barbery Chaapel

  • 'Sarah Beth, Eat Your Broccoli!' by Nancy Merical

  • 'I Saw God Dancing' by Cheryl Denise

  • `The Well Ain't Dry Yet,' `The Bingo Cheaters,' and `Buckle Up, Buttercup' by Belinda Anderson

  • 'Looking Good' by Keith Maillard

  • 'Screamin' with the Cannibals' by Lee Maynard

  • 'When Miners March' and 'Lost Highway' (audiobooks) by Ross Ballard

  • 'PSI Blue' by Rob Walker

  • 'The Tree of the Nevee: A Kabbalistic Story of Elijah the Wizard' by Jerry Blair

  • 'Chick Flicks' by Barbara Smith

  • `Arrivederci, Recipes and Customs Every Italian Girl Takes From Home' by Rosalyn Queen Alonso

  • 'Feast of the Seven Fishes' by Robert Tinnell

  • 'The Rock and the Pebble' by Mark Defoe

  • 'Mountain Voices' by the members of the WVW roundtable

  • 'Black Days, Black Dust' by Armstead and S.L. Gardner

  • 'Return to Io' by Henry Palek

  • 'Surviving Mae West' by Priscilla Rodd

  • 'Southern Fried Woman' by Pamela King Cable

  • 'Landscape Architects' by Rob Merritt

  • `A Child Shall Lead Them' by Nancy Merical

  • Wild Sweet Notes I & II by ……everyone

  • 'Keep The South Manitou Light' and 'GOLDEN DELICIOUS: A CINDERELLA APPLE STORY' by Anna Egan Smucker

  • 'Blood Kin and Other Strangers' by Patsy Pittman

  • by Boyd Carr

  • "Legends: Profiles of West Virginia University Basketball" by Norman Julian

  • `Clarksburg' by Robert Stealey

  • `Risk, Return, and the Indigo Autumn' by Tim McGhee

  • "Jewels in Our Crown, the State Parks of West Virginia," by Maureen Crockett. Publisher is Quarrier Press,

  • Lake Effect by Laura Treacy Bentley (poetry)

  • The Green Rolling Hills: Writings from West Virginia, edited by V.J. Banis (anthology, various authors, included)

  • Echoes of a Woman's Soul by Dianna Doles Petry
  • Tuesday, December 02, 2008

    Founding member of WV Writers Passes on

    Sad news. Dr. William Plumley, a founding member of WV Writers, has passed away. Below is his obituary, as forwarded by fellow founder Kirk Judd.

    (Dec 01, 2008)
    BILLY C. PLUMLEY, 71 of St. Pete Beach died at his residence, after a brief illness, with loving family members by his side -- Jake Withers, partner; Linda Pack, niece; and Virginia Plumley, sister. Dr Plumley's academic career included a bachelor's, two master's degrees from Marshall University and a PhD from Union University. As owner of an art gallery, he had an impressive collection of signed paintings, documents and letters of important historical people. Dr. Plumley made many creative contributions to his school as well as authoring books and publishing in revered journals. He was a retired professor of Linguistics and Literature for 35 years at the University of Charleston before making St. Pete Beach his home.

    He was preceded by his parents, Crawford and Kathleen; one brother, Jimmy; and four sisters, Barbara, Oberita, Patricia and Sally, as well as his precious pet, Maggie. Survivors include his partner of 49 years, Jacob Withers; two sisters, Virginia and Lillian; and many nieces and nephews.

    No viewing and only a private celebration of his life will be observed by the family. Contributions to The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast would be appreciated: 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

    Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Writing Raw announces guest author, a FREE literary sharing website (like YouTube, but for the literary world), is announcing our first guest author. Dr. Jason Denaro, author of A Passage to Burma, Vatican FileSS, Stones, and MINDPOWER (to be released at a latter date), is allowing the unprecedented opportunity to read his NEWEST novel, Fiddler, on for FREE!

    Reading a Jason Denaro novel has similarities to sitting in a theater watching a Quentin Tarantino movie, with a splash of Alfred Hitchcock sprinkled in along the way.

    Suspense, humor, thrills, and intense research go into each of Denaro's works. This exciting new writer often uses unconventional story telling techniques such as moving the reader back a few weeks in the storyline, then flinging headlong into to the same scene in real time as the novel progresses. This technique creates a great visual effect for the reader who suspects what may be about to happen, but cannot always assume.

    Go to now and read his latest novel, FREE!!!

    Monday, November 24, 2008

    Karin & Geoff Fuller present Short Takes: Writing from Life

    Karin Fuller, Sunday Gazette-Mail columnist, and her husband, Geoff, an experienced writing teacher and award-winning author and editor, are teaming up to present Short Takes: Writing from Life. Students will learn how to turn their personal experiences into stories that move, amuse, and inspire their readers.

    Through in-class exercises and homework assignments, participants will recognize how to choose which experiences to write about, how to rekindle memories, and how to craft short narratives that can be used as models or to build a foundation for longer work.

    The material will be covered in three, two-hour classes, and Karin and Geoff are open to holding a fourth class (at no charge) for critiquing, questions on markets, or how to publish your work.

    Reply to or call 744.4556 for more

    Short Takes: Writing from Life Classes available in January or February. Cost: $75 (Sign up before Christmas and receive a 10% discount!)

    January 8, 15, 22 OR February 5, 12, 19
    6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Classes held at Charleston Newspapers Conference Center. Free parking available right at the door.

    Gift certificates available.

    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Morgantown Writers Group Workshop Still Open For Participants!

    Where Did You Get That Idea?& Where Did That Character Come From?

    Workshop Leader Barbara Smith - novelist, short story writer; free-lance writer/editor, and medical ethicist. More on Barbara below.

    Morgantown Public Library - November 15, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration: $10.00

    If you plan to attend our Short Fiction Workshop on Saturday, November 15th - send email to The morning workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. Barbara Smith also will critique short fiction manuscripts (1,000 to 3,000 words). If you wish to get into the advanced critique workshop, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., please send your manuscript as a Word attachment to by November 10th.

    Manuscript Critique: Barbara will critique short fiction manuscripts (1,000 words to 3,000 words) for the advance part of the workshop. Advance Workshop after lunch, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. She will discuss strengths and weaknesses of the manuscripts. Nominal fee for MWG and WVW members' short fiction critique.

    Barbara's Chick Flicks, A collection of 20 Short Stories -
    Barbara Smith's new collection of 20 short stories, titled, Chick Flicks is available now at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, Mountain Treasures store in Philippi, and the Alderson-Broaddus bookstore, Philippi public library. Publisher is Mountain State Press, Charleston, WV). Cost is only $12.50.

    Of her new collection, Barbara says: "Chick Flicks" is a term used widely to identify movies that appeal particularly to females; e.g., "Steel Magnolias." Because all of the stories in the collection feature females, "CF" seemed a logical title. All of the characters I write about are composites based on real people in real or imagined conflicts. For instance, I might see a shabbily dressed woman walking down the street in Morgantown, and I might combine her "attitude" with the demanding tasks of a woman whom I have worked with who is an aging attendant in a nursing home." The last story in the collection is her #1. "I had a lot of fun writing that. I also, however, especially like "Night Visitor" and "Walk in the Woods," both of which became trigger stories for whole novels. And I like "Raising the Roof," again fun to write. . . "

    Currently, Barbara is working on 3 book-length nonfiction assignments (2 autobiographies and a local history), and has a new novel drafted and can't wait to get time to finish it. She's also writing frequent articles for WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA MAGAZINE (four this year) and for local media. In short, she says, "my computer stays hot."

    And she has an impressive background: Formerly Emerita Professor of Literature and Writing and former Chair of the Division of the Humanities, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia, she has published: Demonstrative Pronouns (poetry), Judge Ira Robinson: West Virginia Statesman and Man of Letters (biography). She is a community activist and sports nut.

    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    Hamilton Stone Review New Issue Available Online

    The Hamilton Stone Review is part of a movement of small, independent publishers dedicated to distributing high quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Their intent is to encourage writers, whether unpublished or established, by bringing their work to readers by way of this online literary magazine.

    For the latest issue, those of better judgment at this widely respected literary magazine have handed the reigns to author, teacher, and West Virginia expatriate, Meredith Sue Willis. She has gathered some of the best of the best of the mountain state to create 'The West Virginia Issue'.

    Don't hesitate to download this to your computer, sit back, and enjoy the fruits of the children of these hills' labor.

    Available at:

    Enjoy! . . . and thank you Meredith Sue Willis!

    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Free Fall seeking submissions

    Free Fall is looking for writers to make submissions of poetry and short stories of ALL genres as well as articles on various topics, personal essays, and reviews of books on or about writing. Free Fall is a non-paying market and your only compensation for your published work will be the promotion and exposure of your work and you as a writer. The target readers for Free Fall are writers, readers, editors, and agents and our goal is to be a stepping stone for those beginner writers who are still on the back burner and to get your writing out there to be seen.

    Free Fall is now in its third year and is expanding to include more work and cover more areas of people's artistic abilities. If you are interested in joining the world of Free Fall and submitting your work to us then please feel free to e-mail your submissions and/or inquiries to We look forward to hearing from you and wish you the best in all of your writing ventures.

    Free Fall is looking to showcase your talent. If you are interested in having your works featured in this extraordinary ezine please feel free to contact me at freefall_lbp@ This is a non-paying market so exposure is the only payment at this time.

    Wednesday, October 29, 2008

    WV Autumn Festival Winners

    The winners of the WV Autumn Festival Writers Contest have been announced...

    OVERALL WRITERS AWARD (adults)presented to Alexxus Fielding. She entered five pieces including two short stories, one essay and two pieces of poetry. She is a forty four year old mother and has been married thirteen years with three children Sebastian age 12, Anastasia age 10 and Calliope age 8. She went to college and majored in education, changing to business management. She has held several wonderful positions, but decided mother was the best and is now a stay at home mom that Ebays for extra money. Her husband, Charles is an aerospace engineer and works for the government. The family enjoys doing things together including playing board games, movie night, reading and hiking. Alexxus originates from Ohio and her husband is originally from Parkersburg.

    OVERALL WINNER receives a trophy and one hundred dollars.

    OVERALL WRITERS AWARD (children)presented to Carlie Dickens. She enjoys writing, art, singing and activities with her family and is the daughter of Tammy Dickens, a school teacher and , . Her sister Cassidy is a cheerleader and enjoys writing her own songs, both lyrics and music as well as other family activities. Both girls are active in pageantry. She has a brother Jesse who is equally active in the arts and loves being part of such a creative family. Overall winner receives a trophy and cash.

    ADULTS CATEGORY WINNERS include the following:
    POETRY winner is Darcy Farrow Williamson with "untitled" and 1st runner up was a tie between Jeanne Wilson for "Do The Dead Listen" and Llewellyn McKernan for "Encounter", 2nd runner up is .
    SHORT STORY WINNER is Alexxus Fielding with A Family At War. 1st runner up is Jeanne Wilson with "Consequences". 2nd runner up is Susanna Holstein with "Guard Duty".
    ESSAY winner is Vernon Burke with "Why I Write". 1st runner up is Mary Kay Miller with "Waiting For The Busses", and 2nd runner up is Susan Norris with "Life".
    CATEGORY WINNERS receives a trophy, gift and twenty dollars and all runner ups receive certificates.

    AGE DIVISION WINNERS receiving a trophy and five dollars are: Caleb Kesler, Savannah Aldridge, Ashton Alexander, Darcy Farrow Williamson, and Jeanne Wilson.

    HONORABLE MENTION in all categories were:
    Michael Fitzsimmons
    Dean Kobey
    Cheryl Reed
    Ann Marie Jones
    Daphne Wilson-Stabler
    Marcos Rodriguez
    Victoria Schultz
    Nicholas Collins
    Sara Tinney
    Rylie McConnell

    We wish we could award everyone cash and trophies, but sadly we could not afford to.

    All of the entrants were worthy of many awards but as we all know everyone cannot win. The judges were impressed supremely.

    PLEASE allow six weeks for delivery of the awards and/or checks but don't be surprised if you receive them earlier.

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008

    Morgantown Writers Group Short Fiction Workshop

    Where Did You Get That Idea & Where Did That Character Come From?
    Presented by Barbara Smith * Novelist, Short Story Writer, Poet

    Saturday, November 15th
    Morgantown Public Library, Spruce Street
    Downtown Morgantown, WV
    Nominal registration charge for workshop
    Discount on critiques for WVW Members

    About Presenter * Morgantown Writers Group hosts Barbara Smith, novelist and short story writer; a free-lance writer/editor, and medical ethicist. Formerly Emerita Professor of Literature and Writing and former Chair of the Division of the Humanities, Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia, she has published: Demonstrative Pronouns (poetry), Judge Ira Robinson: West Virginia Statesman and Man of Letters (biography), Chick Flicks (short stories). She is a community activist and sports nut.

    Schedule and Registration * November 15, Saturday:
    Doors Open * 9:15 a.m.
    Morning * 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Short Fiction Workshop
    Afternoon * 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advance Critique Workshop**
    Make reservation by November 8th. To Register, write to: Details on flyer.

    ** Manuscript Critique: We will accept short fiction manuscripts (1,000 words to 3,000 words) only in advance for the critique workshop, scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The guest presenter will review each work and discuss strengths and weaknesses in this session. Send manuscripts to by Nov. 6th.


    Monday, October 27, 2008

    Can't Lose Novel & Memoir Contest

    Want to bring your writing up to the next level? Enter our Can't Lose Novel and Memoir Contest. Not only will you have the chance to win a prize package that will polish your prose and strengthen your writing skills, every entry receives a detailed critique of the submission package, a comprehensive edit of the first 500 words, and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook. Now is the time to invest in your writing--and yourself.

    First prize: Gift package worth over $500, including a professional edit and critique of up to 15,000 words (value $450) of a single document; books on the craft of writing, including a bound copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook complete with reproducible worksheets ($25.00), The Little Brown Compact Handbook by Jane E. Aaron (fifth edition, $62.40), Marc McCutcheon's The Writer's Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters ($14.99), The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic ($21.99); a magnetic copy of The Writer's Prayer ($3.00); set of ten Writer's Prayer note cards ($15.00); and 2 Inspiration for Writers pens ($2.00).

    Second prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.

    Third prize: A certificate for 20% off any one service.

    Entry fee: $40. ALL ENTRIES receive a detailed critique of the submission package (approximate value of $75), a complimentary edit of the first 500 words ($15 value*), and an electronic copy of the Inspiration for Writers Tips and Techniques Workbook ($10 value). Payment may be made by paypal or by personal check or money order drawn on US funds and sent to: Inspiration for Writers Contest, 1527 18th Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 USA.

    Click on the icon below to pay by paypal. IMPORTANT: When you receive your payment confirmation screen, be sure to click on the little box on the bottom of the screen that says, "Return to Merchant." This will take you to the screen to download your workbook. If you do not click on this box, you will need to email Sandy to get the download. Once your payment has been sent, you may email your submission package to the contest administrator as detailed below.

    Entry Deadline: January 15, 2009. Entries will be considered received when both the manuscript package (as described below) is received and the payment of the $40 entry fee is received. A confirmation email will be sent to you within 1 business day. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please send a query to or phone Sandy at 304-428-1218.

    Inspiration for Writers will announce the winners on or before March 31, 2009. Inspiration for Writers is not responsible for entries or payments not received. We WILL send confirmation emails.

    Submit: A one-page synopsis and the first three chapters of a completed, unpublished novel or book-length memoir. A manuscript will be considered published if 1000 or more copies have been printed.

    Submission package: It is preferred that submissions be made electronically, sent by email to Email subject should be "Novel Contest." Email text should state the author's full name and the statement, "Please enter my attached manuscript in your Inspiration for Writers Novel Contest." We will not open attachments without this statement. (It's fine to include additional text within the body of the email.)

    Manuscripts should be formatted as detailed below and saved in Microsoft Office Word (any version with .doc or .docx extensions) or Rich Text Format (.rtf extension). The submission package should be sent as a single document. The cover page should contain the author's name, address, email address, and telephone number in the upper left corner. The center of the page should contain the name of the manuscript, the genre (memoir, romance, mainstream, etc.), and the word count of the completed manuscript (not just what is being sent). The next page should be the synopsis. The first three chapters should follow.

    The manuscript should be formatted as follows:

    All pages should be in Times New Roman 12-point font.
    The author's name should appear on the cover page only.
    The heading should include the title of the manuscript on the left and the page number on the right.

    All pages should be left adjusted with a ragged right margin.
    Paragraphs should be indented ¼ to ½ inch; a line should not be skipped between paragraphs.
    The synopsis should be single-spaced.
    Chapters should be double-spaced.

    The fine print:

    All entries must be in English only.

    All entries must be the original work of the submitter.

    This competition is open to writers of any age, from anywhere in the world (unless prohibited by local regulations). Employees and contractors of Inspiration for Writers and immediate family members of Inspiration for Writers employees and contractors are prohibited from entering.
    Entries will be judged based upon literary merit, adherence to guidelines, quality of writing, and clarity of prose.

    Should any viruses be detected within the email or the submission package, the manuscript will be disqualified.

    Chances of winning depend upon the number of entries received.

    Inspiration for Writers is not responsible for any delay in receiving your manuscript.

    Once judging begins, correspondence concerning the submission package is prohibited.

    If the first place winner resides outside the United States, he or she must pay for actual shipping costs of prizes. If submitted electronically, there are no shipping fees for the professional edit and critique, and there are no shipping fees for winners residing within the United States. Other than the $40 submission fee and the shipping fee for winners outside the United States, there are no other fees associated with submitting, winning, or claiming prizes.

    If not now, when?

    * Note: $15 value is based upon word count, not the $45 minimum charge per submission.

    Questions? Email

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Patsy Pittman Named Finalist in National Book Competition

    Author Patsy Pittman Named Finalist in National Book Competition

    TERRA ALTA – Vienna resident Patsy Evans Pittman was honored today when, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS” 2008 AWARDS (NBBA). Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2008 and late 2007.

    Jeff Keen, President and CEO of, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists.

    Patsy Evans Pittman’s stories and poems were first published in a children’s weekly while she was still in elementary school. Her next publication, however, did not occur until many years later, after a thirty-year career with GMAC. Since then, her short stories and poems, many of which are included in this collection, have been published in FIRST for Women, Woman’s World and Grit, among others, as well as in several anthologies. Her non-fiction has appeared in Guideposts Books, Cup of Comfort, Ideals, Country Woman, and others.

    She has won numerous awards from Writers Digest, West Virginia Writers, Midwest Writers, Alabama Writers Conclave and Barbour County Workshop, and received a 2007 Fellowship in Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts

    “It’s wonderful to compete with the larger publishing houses in a major competition like this,” says Headline Books president, Cathy Teets. “Patsy Pittman is one of the best writers of our time and is certainly deserving of this prestigious honor.” Headline Books, Inc. was a major winner with seven of its titles named Award-Winning Finalists in this year’s competition.
    Keen says of the awards, now in their fifth year, “The 2008 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.

    As an executive in the publishing PR and marketing industry and president and CEO of JPX Media, I wanted to create an awards competition that recognized books in their publication year rather than months after the original launch window. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of NBBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

    Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperCollins, Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Headline Books, Inc. & hundreds of independent titles contributed to this year’s outstanding NBBA competition. Keen adds, “NBBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

    A complete list of the winners and finalists of the National Best Books 2008 Awards are available online at Look for these award winning titles in your favorite bookstore, online at and Blood Kin & Other Strangers is also available at

    Friday, October 17, 2008

    Granny Sue's Yard Sale!


    I need to sell some books to make way for the ones I bought at the Book Festival. Please check my blog to see titles and prices.

    I'll whet your appetite a little--there's a Ruth Ann Musick, a Bil Lepp and a ghost stories book, not to mention Best of Hilbilly...

    You can find my blog at

    Thursday, October 16, 2008

    Literary Tea Tonight

    The Greenbrier Valley Theatre of Lewisburg continues its October Literary Tea series tonight with a reading from WV Writers' own Beverley Pauley.

    Pauley, the author of the short fiction collection Gothic Bedtime Stories, will read one of her more down to earth (though no less colorful) tales concerning a family in the mentally-trying throes of eating Thanksgiving dinner.

    The Literary Tea will take place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.

    Next week, October 23, WV Writers 2008 Short Story category 2nd place winner, Dale Battles, will be on hand to read his winning story.

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Ongoing Writers Workshop in Lewisburg

    Event: Building a Community of Influence
    Date: October 15, 2008 06:30PM
    Location: Carnegie Hall, 105 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV, United States

    Description: Writer and poet Tim Armentrout will be leading a writing workshop at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday nights, October through December from 6:30 to 8:30.

    Here's the course description:

    What is a voice? How do we use it? Who, or what, has influenced its development? Commonly we carry around the stereotype of the writer as being reclusive, perhaps even half crazy. Someone who rarely ventures out into society for positive reason. For instance, the figure of Edgar Allen Poe, sad, addicted, alone. In this course, we will seek to challenge those ideas, .. I'll be leading a writing workshop on Wednesday nights, October through December from 6:30 to 8:30. Here's the course description:

    What is a voice? How do we use it? Who, or what, has influenced its development? Commonly we carry around the stereotype of the writer as being reclusive, perhaps even half crazy. Someone who rarely ventures out into society for positive reason. For instance, the figure of Edgar Allen Poe, sad, addicted, alone. In this course, we will seek to challenge those ideas, to create a new perception of the writer as one who is in collaboration with everything, to question whether one can ever be truly alone, and eventually build a functioning community of influence where students will foster the growth of their own writing through the construction of a local reading series.

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    Woodland Press Accepts Submissions for New Spooky Anthology

    WV's own Woodland Press is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology of spooky stories.
    Tentative title: Spooky Stories of West Virginia: 13 Tales from Mountain State Writers
    Editor: Michael Knost
    Publisher: Woodland Press
    Submission form: email attachment to
    Length: 2500 words or less
    Pay: Three-cents per word, plus one contributor copy
    Deadline: January 1, 2009
    Submissions are open only to current and/or former West Virginia residents.

    Stories set in West Virginia are preferred but not mandatory.
    These must be fictional stories, whether you are building around a known ghost or legend, or creating something original.

    We are looking for speculative fiction . . . ghosts, monsters, UFO's, etc.

    Any further questions should be directed to the editor at

    Friday, October 10, 2008

    Greenbrier Valley Theatre announces “New Voices” Short Play Festival

    Greenbrier Valley Theatre is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for local playwrights to submit their short plays in GVT’s “New Voices” Short Play Festival.

    The best plays will be given a public performance at GVT’s Festival of Community Plays in January 2009. Plays should be 10-15 minutes in length and include between two and five characters. Plays should be appropriate for all ages and should be written to be played by adult actors. The deadline for receipt of entries is December 1, 2008. A panel of professional theatre artists will judge the pieces and winners will be chosen in early December.

    Who: Submissions are welcome from anyone but local playwrights in the Greenbrier Valley are especially encouraged to participate.

    What: There is no official theme for the plays. Plays should be suitable for all ages, with minimal offensive material. Adult actors (15 and up) will be playing the parts during the festival, so characters should be geared towards that age range. Musicals will not be accepted.

    When: Entries must be received by GVT no later than Dec 1. The public festival performance dates will be announced at a later date.
    Other important information

    By submitting a play to the New Voices Festival you will be granting GVT the rights to perform your play at the festival in January 2009, if chosen.

    Please do not submit an original copy of your play, as copies will not be returned.
    The number of winners selected to be performed will vary on the length of the selected shows. Anywhere from 4-7 may be chosen for performance.

    If an inadequate number of entries are received, GVT reserves the right to not select any play for performance.

    For complete details visit or contact GVT Education Director, Kurtis Donnelly 645-3838 or

    Thursday, October 09, 2008

    WV Book Festival!!


    October 11 & 12, 2008 at the Charleston Civic Center

    Mark your calendar! The eighth annual West Virginia Book Festival will be held October 11 & 12, 2008, at the Charleston Civic Center. Each year the festival offers something for book lovers of all ages and interests: authors, publishers, book vendors, the Festival Marketplace, a special section just for children, a used book sale, meet the author events, workshops and panel discussions.

    Now, here’s the best part - you have an opportunity to meet and support fellow member authors and WV Writers, Inc. by purchasing books, chapbooks, cups, and anthologies. If you haven’t had time to renew your membership, you can do it at the book festival and receive a gift at the same time.

    Here’s another newsflash! The contest entry forms for the 2009 WV Writers, Inc. writing competition will be available at the festival and the entry forms include a gift to you from WV Writers! If you have not entered for a few years or if you just entered one or two entries, you will be pleasantly surprised. If you can’t make it to Charleston for the festival, the forms will be posted on the website soon…JUST REMEMBER, YOU CAN”T SEND THEM IN UNTIL THE NEW YEAR!!

    So, visit the Festival website (listed above), check out the line up of presenters, and get ready!
    Hope you can make it!

    Informational Links:
    Festival Overview
    Prospective Authors
    Used Book Sale
    Directions & Accommodations

    Tuesday, October 07, 2008

    Letters About Literature Contest


    Books have wings. You can’t see them, but they are there just the same. On books’ wings, readers can soar to new places where they meet intriguing characters and experience exciting adventures. But a book’s wings can also help a reader rise above difficult situations - like peer pressure, bullying or prejudice, or to cope with disappointment and loss.

    Have you ever felt the power and lift of literature? Has one book, or perhaps one author, inspired you to change your view of yourself or of the world? If so, we encourage you to enter this year’s Letters About Literature writing competition. All you have to do is write a personal letter to an author, explaining how his or her work affected you.

    The contest has three competition levels:
    Level I: grades 4-6 Level II: grades 7 & 8 Level III: grades 9-12

    For more information, go to… or…

    A great opportunity for kids!

    Friday, September 19, 2008

    48 Hour Writing Contest Starts 5 p.m. Today

    (This news courtesy George Lies and the Morgantown Writers Group Bulletin)

    48 Hour Writing Contest Starts 5 p.m. Today

    Toasted Cheese Literary Journal 48-Hour Writing Competition

    Three Cheers and a Tiger: FALL is a science fiction / fantasy contest.

    This is a 48 hour competition that opens today. The September 2008 contest opens at 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Friday, September 19, 2008 with details posted at Just the Place for a Snark. Web -

    Deadline: E-mail entries to threecheers08[at] by 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Sunday, September 21, 2008. Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry.

    Entries are blind-judged by Boots & Ana. The judges' decision is final. Winners are announced October 31. Winning stories are published in the December issue of Toasted Cheese. Winners receive Amazon gift certificates: $20 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third.

    Toasted Cheese Regular Submission Guidelines are at -

    Tuesday, September 09, 2008

    West Virginia: Words and Music Call for Submissions from Writers, Playwrights and Songwriters


    West Virginia: Words and Music will present a series of monologues and songs written by West Virginia playwrights and writers depicting a host of different fictional characters: men, women, and children from all over the mountain state. Submissions from all WV writers are welcome; we ask that entries be limited to a maximum of three monologues per writer and about 2-4 minutes in length. Monologues selected will be intermingled with music (some originally written for the production and others that are West Virginia standards). We hope to have a diverse set of monologues; some dramatic; some funny. We hope that some of the stories will challenge perceptions and stereotypes; others could be commentaries on life in the mountain state: past, present and future.

    We envision a modern-day equivalent of Edgar Lee Masters’ classic play, Spoon River Anthology, in a style reminiscent of contemporary playwrights such as Jane Martin (Talking With), Moises Kaufman & the Tectonic Theatre Project (The Laramie Project) and Blank & Jensen (The Exonerated).

    Writers are asked to send their submissions along with a completed submission/release form to:

    David Wohl, Artistic Director
    Charleston Stage Company
    123 Summers Street
    Charleston, WV 25301

    Songwriters should submit CD’s of their songs (maximum length: 5 minutes) along with a lyric sheet to the same address.

    Writers and contributors will be notified by December 1st, 2008


    Thursday, September 04, 2008

    Union County Writers' Club Annual Adult Literary Contest

    Rules for Union County Writers' Club Annual Adult Literary Contest.

    Each year the deadline for our contest is October 31st.

    Categories for 2008 include: short story, fantasy, poetry, and childrens' story.

    Rules for the Union County Writers' Club Annual Contest are as Follows:

    Entrants must be at least eighteen years old and U.S. residents.

    Entry fees are: $3 per poem, or 2 for $5; $5 per short story, childrens' story, or fantasy story.

    Each entry must be an original work that is previously unpublished in a paid publication.

    Poetry may be any form, on any subject, but not longer than 40 lines.

    Short stories are 1000 - 5000 words.

    Childrens' stories are for children in the age range of pre-school through junior high and are limited to 3000 words.

    Fantasy is limited to 300 words maximum.

    Material of explicit sexual nature is discouraged.

    Entries that have won or placed second or third in either of the previous 2 years are not eligible for entry.


    Short Stories and Childrens' Stories: First Place $30, Second Place $25, Third Place $10.
    Poetry and Fantasy: First Place $25, Second Place $15, Third Place $10.
    Honorable Mentions will receive a certificate.


    Entries must be typed and submitted on standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Poetry single spaced, short stories double spaced. Two copies of each entry must be submitted without author's name, address, or any other identifying information on the entry. A cover letter must accompany the entry giving the author's name, address, phone number, and the title of the submitted story or poem. Multiple entries are accepted and may be listed on the same cover letter.

    Checks must be made out to: Union County Writers' Club and mailed with entries to P.O. Box 496, Monroe, NC 28111

    Authors should retain copies of their submissions. They will not be returned.

    Please indicate on the envelope or cover letter which category is being entered for each submission.


    Judges are selected from among writing teachers, college staff members, or members of professional writing organizations. They do not live or work in Union County. Contest winners will be notified by mail of the time and place for the Awards Ceremony. Contest winners will be invited to read their winning entries at the Awards.

    Call either 704 291-7829 for more information. Or email to

    Prize checks will be presented at the January meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Winners are invited to attend and read the winning entries. Checks and certificates will be mailed in January to winners who are unable to attend.

    Union County Literary Contest Winners 2007

    Many thanks to all those who entered.

    Congratulations to the winners. The judges were very pleased with the high quality of the entries.

    1st place: Mr. Dearborn's Big Vacation - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
    2nd place: Southern Girl - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
    3rd place - Like Father, Like Son - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
    Honorable mention 1: Equal Gifts - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
    Honorable mention 2: Nickel Bread and Hope - J. Dixon Hearne, Huntington Beach, CA

    1st place: Catalog Fantasies - Janet Hartman, Beaufort, NC
    2nd place: Westward with Hope - Claudia Shelton, O'Fallon, MO
    3rd place: The Equator - Donna McClanahan, Irvine, KY
    Honorable mention: The Toughest Kid in Town - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC

    1st place: Fraidy-Cat - Bonnie Brown, Industry, ME
    2nd place: The Little Old Fire Truck - Emily Soares, Decatur, GA
    3rd place: Native Heart - J. Dixon Hearne, Huntington Beach, CA
    Honorable mention 1: Sonny - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
    Honorable mention 2: Kicks Are for Kids - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
    Honorable mention 3: The Carpenter's Cup - Dana Williams, Arlington, WA

    1st place: Perfection - Dr. Billy O. Fleming, Jr., Waxhaw, NC
    2nd place: Sound Effects - Olga Penzin, Rock Hill, SC
    3rd place: Autumn Song - Doris Jeane Haigler, Monroe, NC
    Honorable mention: The Edge of Darkness - Phyllis McManus, Monroe, NC

    Wednesday, September 03, 2008

    Call for Submissions: Barrelhouse

    http://barrelhousem index.php? option=com_ content&task= view&id=52& Itemid=2

    Deadline September 12 (must be received by this date). Barrelhouse, a literary magazine with a pop-culture twist, seeks unpublished poetry, fiction and more....

    Are you an optimist? Is the future so bright you simply gotta wear shades?

    Maybe, but what if that flash of light you're protecting your precious retinas from is really the first strike in a nuclear attack launched by robots who speak in monotone Austrian accents as they strive to wipe mankind off the face of the earth?

    Ever think of that?

    Barrelhouse, like any writer with a hint of an alcohol problem, both loves and dreads the future. But who cares what we think? What are your thoughts on the topic? Got a great story about what the world will be like in 2327? Got a super essay delineating why the hover board is not yet flying off the shelves of your local Toys R' Us? Got an amazing poem about what type of programming will dominate network television schedules in the next millennium? When it comes to writing about the future, the possibilities are virtually limitless. That's why our new contest is all about the future. We present The Barrelhouse Invitational: The Future. Send us your best writing (fiction, essays, or poems) on ANY topic related to the future and we'll give you our undivided attention.

    A quick note: Please keep in mind this is not exactly a sci-fi writing contest. That isn't to say we won't publish an awesome future-oriented sci-fi story if you've got one, but keep in mind Barrelhouse is a little more interested in people than in plot, in personal connections with ideas than in personal connections with crazy aliens who have three penises though if you could effectively work that into an essay or story we'd love to read it).The future is about lots of things, including what might happen next week, with you and that bike messenger with the tattoo of Gary Coleman on his calf, or when your kids go to college, or when Ryan Seacrest is finally crowned King of America.

    Enter today at our fancy online submissions center (choose "the future" as

    National Christian Writers Conference & Book Expo

    Offering Writers the Tools They Need to Be Successful

    By Rebekah L. Pierce

    On Saturday, September 20, 2008, hundreds of novice and seasoned writers from all across the country will converge on the Crown Plaza Hotel in Virginia Beach , Virginia to attend the National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo. Founded by prolific writer and self-publishing guru, Renee Bobb (, the conference is billed as an event where Christian authors can not only learn about the book publishing industry, but promote and market their works as well.

    Kevin Johnson is author of the nine-book series, Give God the Glory,
    ( and and is not only presenting a workshop at the conference, but is a vendor as well. “I am most looking forward to networking and expanding my current sphere of influence and learning about new technologies,” says Mr. Johnson. When it comes to writing a book, Johnson says that what he has learned about the process is “patience and persistence.”

    Project Coordinator and also a speaker at the National Christian Writers Conference, Antonio Crawford ( hopes participants take away three things from his session, “Place Your Book in The Marketplace Using Strategic Planning.” How to position and promote books in the marketplace using the magic P(s); identify and employ multiple distribution channels to deliver books; and create several exchange outlets to sell books or products.
    “What I also hope people take away the most from this conference, though, is learning how to create multiple streams of income through publishing and strategic planning,” says Crawford.

    One of the most anticipated topics at this year’s conference is book placement. A major key to making a profit for writers who have given their blood, sweat and tears in “telling the story,” book placement is oftentimes a roadblock that many novices and sometimes seasoned writers experience in the overwhelming, overcrowded and complex book publishing industry. But Cheryl Donovan, author, inspirational speaker, talk show host, and entrepreneur knows how to get around all of this.

    According to Donovan, “Placing books is all about research - identifying the proper niche as well as the proper message. Once this is done, you are better equipped to place your books in locations that will be frequented by readers interested in your material. There are a myriad of opportunities for placement available. You just have to look for them.”
    Participants will spend the entire day not only attending workshops, but meeting and networking with local authors, independent bookstore owners, suppliers, editors, printers and much, much more. (Private consultations are also being offered for a small fee for those who want more one-on-one time with the experts.)

    Cheryl Donovan sums it up best: “The National Christian Writers Conference will be an opportunity for individuals involved in the literary industry to get together and share ideas, strategies, and information related to improving literacy overall.”

    Tickets are still available. For more information and to learn about the National Christian Writers Conference and Book Expo, please visit or call Renee Bobb at 804-998-8014 and via e-mail to

    ~Rebekah L. Pierce is the Editor in Chief and founder of Average Girl Magazine, a motivational magazine for women ( She is also the author of Sex, Lies & Shoeboxes, a mystery/suspense novella, has written, produced and directed four full-length plays for the stage and has recently released her first short film, The Briefcase ( For comments or questions, send an email to:

    Tuesday, September 02, 2008


    If you would like to participate and be a part of getting 50,000 free books for our state’s young people, just do this.

    Go to -

    Answer two questions and vote for West Virginia. The people in Kentucky are giving us a pretty good battle for these books but with a little effort, we might just whup ‘em.

    Please take time to do this and remember, you can vote daily!

    Monday, September 01, 2008

    WV Autumn Festival writing contest

    The WV Autumn Festival is sponsoring a writing contest featuring categories for all ages and skill levels. The categories are Short Story, Essay, and Poetry. Although the contest judges haven’t been announced, they come from the writing community of West Virginia. All entries will be copied to each judge in advance. There is one adult age division, and the children's age levels are: six and under, seven to twelve, and thirteen to seventeen.

    Any questions may be sent to: Renita Loyd, at:

    Entry fees are: Children -- $3.00 per entry and; Adults -- $5.00 per entry
    Entry must be postmarked by October 2, 2008.

    Prizes include:
    Ø Age Division Winners -- $5.00 cash, a gift and a trophy.
    Ø Children Category Winners -- $20.00 cash, a gift, and a trophy
    Ø Best Overall Children Writer --$50.00 CASH, a gift, and trophy
    Ø Best Overall Adult Writer -- $100.00 CASH, a gift, and trophy

    NOTE: Depending on response, award values may increase.

    All entries should be sent to: WVAF, P.O. Box 102, Flatwoods, WV 26621.

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008

    Open Thread Seeks Submissions

    A new regional journal called Open Thread Regional Review is publishing its first issue this fall. Submissions are open through the end of September for poetry, prose and visual art by any artist or writer from Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia.

    All submissions are made online at

    Friday, August 15, 2008

    Gulf Coast Writers Association Call for Short Fiction Submissions

    Greetings from the Gulf Coast Writer's Association to West Virginia Writers.

    We are writing to announce a Call for Submissions of short fiction to our second GCWA anthology. There is no entry fee. GCWA will pay $25.00 (or two free copies) to contributors whose work is selected for one-time publication rights -- all rights revert to authors upon publication.

    Stories must be set in The South and clearly capture a southern tone. Themes might include: coming-of-age, family relationships, fitting in, social life (in its many facets), dreams/aspirations. We will also consider previously published stories that meet this criteria. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2009.

    Please share this information with members and friends. Interested writers will find all the information they need to submit at:

    We are eager to include voices from many southern states in this collection!

    Thank you very much and all best to our fellow writers! .

    Dixon Hearne, Co-Editor

    Thursday, July 31, 2008

    Woodland Press seeks WV Writers, Inc. members for new haunted anthology

    Working Title:

    Appalachian Mountain Monsters & Mayhem
    Freaks, Ghouls and Creatures that Live Among Us

    -- Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC
    -- Format: Trade Paperback
    -- Payment: three cents per word (up to 2,200 words and upon publication) plus one copy. Reprints will receive half a cent per word.
    -- Story length: 1,000 to 2,200 words
    -- No multiple or simultaneous subs.
    -- Email submissions only. We will accept .doc or .rtf attachments only. Do not copy and paste story into the body of your email?use this for your cover page information. Send submissions or inquiries or
    -- Photos permitted if they somehow pertain directly to the story
    -- Turnaround time should be 30 to 60 days. If you have not received a response after 60 days, send an inquiry to:
    -- Deadline: November 15, 2008
    -- Target publication date: Spring 2009

    Stories MUST create or expand a monster/legend/ghost-tale/folklore from the state of West Virginia or Kentucky. We're seeking stories--fiction or nonfiction--about Mountain and Bluegrass State legends/ghosts/monsters (yet, our preference for this anthology is monster tales). You do not need to be a West Virginian to write the story, but you do need to keep the story (and tall tale) true to West Virginia or Kentucky. All stories should include real towns and counties. Do not tell us the biography of the legend, tell us a story with the legend or monster at the plot's center.

    We seek tales with a solid plot and good character development. Monster tales should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it
    until the end. We want powerful and emotional tales -- creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. However, we DO NOT want stories
    containing explicit language or content.

    The most common reasons for rejection will be lack of originality, slow pacing, poor writing, and/or failure to follow the guidelines.
    Please visit for the only manuscript format we accept.

    We purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, First English Anthology Rights, and First World Anthology Rights, for publication in the
    English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, Audio, and eBook editions of the publication. For previously published Work, we purchase non-exclusive Electronic Rights, non-exclusive English Anthology Rights, and non-exclusive World Anthology Rights, for publication in the English language anywhere in the world, and in clothbound, paperback, World Wide Web, reprint, Audio, and eBook editions of the publication.

    Friday, July 18, 2008

    Laurie Helgoe Workshop in Charleston

    Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D., author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Boys and The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Breaking Up will be offering a workshop in Charleston, WV, in September entitled Get it Published.

    Tuition: $140 if postmarked by August 15, 2008
    $150 space available after August 15, 2008 Fee includes book proposal workbook


    9:30 What It Takes

    10:00 How It's Done

    10:45 Break

    11:00 Making It Publishable

    12:30 Lunch (on your own)

    1:45 Anatomy of a Book

    2:30 Break

    2:45 Agent Matchmaking

    3:30 Go. Get Published!

    For more information or to register, visit her website at

    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    National Christian Writers Conference Registration Open

    Registration is underway for the fifth annual National Christian Writers’ Conference and Book Expo to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at the Crowne Plaza, Virginia Beach, VA 4453 Bonney Road.

    Aspiring writers and individuals from Virginia and across the nation who want to learn more about the writing, publishing and book marketing industry are invited to attend. Early bird registration (on or before August 15, 2008) is $49.00, full registration (after August 15, 2008) is $75.00.

    Special pricing for Active Duty Military and/or Veterans is $49.00 and College Student or Teen with identification is $49.00. The registration fee will cover breakfast, lunch, all workshops and workshop materials, as well as entrance to the book expo.

    See their website for futher details...

    Monday, July 07, 2008

    Hub City Writers Workshop

    SPARTANBURG – Registration has opened for “Writing in Place,” a three-day creative writing conference for adults, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and held at Wofford College in Spartanburg Aug. 1-3, 2008.The Hub City conference is a hands-on, intensive writing experience, designed to help both beginners and professionals develop the craft of creative writing. The conference is limited to 72 people this year, and registrants must sign up for one of four tracks: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or screenwriting.Keynote speaker to open the conference will be novelist Tommy Hays. He is the author of the novel The Pleasure Was Mine, which was read on National Public Radio’s “Radio Reader” and was a 2006 Southern Independent Book Alliance Fiction Finalist. His previous books include Sam’s Crossing and In the Family Way. Other workshop leaders include fiction writer Betsy Cox, Peter Caster, Sebastian Matthews, and poets Rick Mulkey and Jennie Neighbors Additional faculty members include Vera Gomez, essayist John Lane, Lyn Riddle, and Patrick Whitfill and Susan Tekulve. The cost of the conference is $160. Lodging is available at Wofford College for $15 a night. For more information, call 864-577-9349 or visit

    Sunday, July 06, 2008

    Poetry Class at Shepherd University

    Dear friends, neighbors, and all lovers of words ===

    I want to invite folks to join our Poetry class this green July
    at Shepherd University, Mon.-Thurs. at Knutti Hall. Our warm
    meetings last summer were graced with good poems composed
    on campus and beyond. =Please pass the word to any writers
    who may be interested. (English 472 would be almost FREE
    to senior citizens; for SU students it would count for three
    human credits.) We shall explore a terrain of wakeful
    dreaming that brings images to light and music.
    Do join us with your pen or mouse, and trap
    poems that need to be released soon!
    You will have my permission if you
    give yourself permission to write
    poetry of summer's unfolding.
    Prof. Ethan Fischer author of
    radio mysteries & BEACHED

    P.S. Grace Cavalieri plans to speak as guest poet!

    Sunday, June 29, 2008

    Conceit Magazine Pet Peeve Contest

    Pet Peeve Contest

    In 100 words or less, let's see if what bothers you, bothers anyone else.

    The PET PEEVE that gets the most votes will win as follows:

    Crocheted Afghan by Eunice - 1st Prize

    $40.00 - 2nd Prize

    $30.00 - 3rd Prize

    $20.00 - 4th Prize

    $10.00 - 5th Prize

    $1.00 scratch off lottery ticket - 6th to 10th prizes


    1st to 5th prize winners will receive a 6 month subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

    A CONCEIT MAGAZINE PET PEEVE DIGEST booklet will be published.

    CONCEIT MAGAZINE subscribers, members and contest participants will vote on who wins the prizes. Each voter must vote for

    4 contestants.

    PET PEEVE DIGEST booklet and reading fee:


    "ALL" writers welcomed, unlimited entries

    DEADLINE: July 31, 2008

    Email entries and queries to:

    PayPal users go to the



    Snail mail entries and fee to:

    Perry Terrell, Editor


    P. O. Box 884223

    San Francisco, CA 94188-4223 - USA

    (Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

    Friday, June 27, 2008

    Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues


    Iowa City, IA – Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire: Monologues at Riverside. This Tenth Anniversary celebration of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and up-and-coming playwrights. The focus for this season’s monologues is: FOOD. Submissions must be postmarked September 1, 2008 or emailed as a Word document and dated by midnight September 1; final selections will be announced no later than October 31. The monologues will be performed March 5-8, 2009 at Riverside Theatre.

    Submission Guidelines

    1. Riverside Theatre is seeking original monologues surrounding one of our favorite obsessions... food! The quiche the dog ate? A holiday cooking fiasco? If you love Mama, you’ll eat another piece of pie? Why, there’s more possibilities than a 50-foot salad bar!

    2. Up to two submissions per author of original, unpublished and unproduced monologues (may be dramatic character or personal memoir) less than ten minutes length (please read it aloud to be certain and include the approximate performance time on the first page of your submission; all lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered, with the objective of choosing monologues of varying lengths). The copy must be easy to read: double spaced in a minimum 12 pt. font, and should include the playwright's name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

    3. Simple is best. Since "Walking the Wire" typically includes a large number of monologues, it is important that each one require as little production as possible; set-pieces, props, or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disqualify an otherwise excellent submission.

    4. The POSTMARK deadline for submissions is September 1, 2008. Email submissions (Word document attachment) must be dated by midnight September 1. Final selections will be made by October 31, 2009, and posted on Riverside Theatre’s website,

    5. Writers will be credited in all marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid for performance. Monologues will be individually rehearsed and coached by the director until the week of the performance when the entire company will rehearse at Riverside Theatre. Area playwrights may perform their own work if available for rehearsal, or may include the name of an actor interested in performing the monologue, although neither is required. Walking the Wire will be produced March 5-8, 2009.

    6. Submissions should be mailed to:

    Riverside Theatre
    Jody Hovland, Artistic Director
    Walking the Wire submission
    213 N. Gilbert Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245

    For guideline questions, please contact Jody Hovland,

    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    WV Writers Contest Winners 2008

    Ladies and gents, the contest winners for the West Virginia Writers 2008 Writing Contest may be found at the following link...

    This is just a quick .pdf scan of them. A better looking version will be available within a day or so.

    Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered. And thanks to everyone who braved the gas prices and made it out to the conference this weekend. There were certainly a lot of you and I was glad to continue putting faces with names and meeting so many great people.

    el presidente (at least til the end of the month)

    Thursday, June 12, 2008

    Appalachian Anthology Seeks Submissions

    (This news courtesy of George Lies)

    Appalachian writers, please forward this email to you friends, colleagues, and contacts who you think might be interested. We encourage submissions of original works of poetry and fiction (up to 2500 words). The submission deadline is September 1, 2008. For information about the anthology and submission guidelines, please see Notification to journals and university writing programs across the region are currently being posted.

    Anthology of Appalachian Writers

    The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is a publication that encourages a long-established tradition of storytelling, love of language, and creative expression associated broadly with the area of the country known as Appalachia. Though the principal mission of the anthology is to provide a venue for publication of new writers, it also provides a collection of literature and scholarship that contributes to an understanding and appreciation for the region. Poetry, fiction, memoir, heritage writers, as well as new voices appear in each annual volume of the anthology. The anthology is supported by The Shepherd University Foundation and The West Virginia Center for the Book. The Anthology of Appalachian Writers is part of the Appalachian Heritage WIR and Writers Project. Click here to view the past volumes of the anthology.
    Submissions: To submit any original, unpublished work of fiction or poetry for consideration by the editors, send an electronic copy, along with the information below, to Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt, . All submissions must be in the submission format below.

    Title of Submission:___________________________________________________________
    E-mail:____________________ Phone:_____________________
    Brief Biography (limit 100 words):________________________________________________

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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    Tuesday, June 10, 2008

    WVW members do well in Governor's Arts Awards

    On June 9, several West Virginia Writers Members were awarded the Governor's Arts Award at the state capitol.

    Regional Rep Karin Vingle Fuller, upcoming WVW Conference workshop leader Carter Taylor Seaton, incoming nominated WVW secretary Teresa Newsome and workshop leader and children's book author Marc Harshman were all given this award.

    Congratulations to them all!

    Monday, June 09, 2008

    Morgantown Writers Group Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

    The Morgantown Writers Group celebrate its 15th Anniversary in 2008 by hosting a West Virginia Literary Arts program featuring Novelist Meredith Sue Willis; Crime Thriller Novelist, Robert Walker; Port Laureate Irene McKinney; and Graphic Novelist Robert Tinnell. Morgantown Writers Workshops are scheduled for a full day on Saturday, June 21, at the Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown,WV.

    West Virginia Writers members receive a 20% discount on this "mini-conference" that follows the Annual WV State Writers Conference at Cedar Lakes, where 150 or more writers will go this weekend (go to - We all are really looking forward to the WVW State Writers conference. For the week after, we expect up to 40 writers to attend this first Summer Literary Arts event. Coinciding with the Arts on the River Festival, June 21-22, writers can expect lots of music - jazz, bluegrass, rock music, and more - and wine tasting and art exhibits - a full get-away weekend, more at -

    The Morgantown program features:

    - A café style table talk with guest West Virginia authors at 9:30 a.m.: WV Poet Laureate Irene McKinney, Novelist Meredith Sue Willis, Police Thriller Novelist Robert Walker, and Graphic Novelist Robert Tinnell. George Lies is moderator.

    - Four workshops in fiction, crime thriller, graphic novels, and poetry, at 10:30 a.m.
    - Advance critique workshops in poetry and prose plus a short story workshop, at 1:30 p.m.
    - Informal lunches at local restaurants will bring together attendees and guest writers and a reception concludes the day.

    Registration is $25 for the full day of literary events; half-day is $15.00. West Virginia Writers Members' rate is only $20.00. High students may attend for only $5. Prose manuscript critiques done by Robert Walker are $15 "optional" for work sent in by June 18. There is no charge for poetry critiques. Fill-in the registration form below. Then send the form via email to: Registrar

    To submit manuscripts (3,000 to 5,000 words) for critique, send a Word file attachment in an email to Coordinator Registration covers morning refreshments and a reception. Payments: Make checks payable to *Morgantown Writers*. Mail to: MWG Workshops, 1129 Richwood Ave. Morgantown, WV 26505 (Attn: Patricia Patteson).

    Guest writers and workshop topics are:

    Poetry: Irene McKinney, WV Poet Laureate since 1994, is the author of five books of poetry: The Girl with a Stone in Her Lap (North Atlantic, 1976); The Wasps at the Blue Hexagons (Small Plot Press, 1984); Quick Fire and Slow Fire (North Atlantic, 1988); Six O*Clock Mine Report (Pittsburgh Press, 1989), and Vivid Companion (WVU Press/Vandalia, 2005). More at -

    Genre Police Thrillers: Robert W. Walker has 40 novels in genre fiction, including historical and detective crime thrillers. Recent books are City for Ransom, Shadows in the White City, and City of the Absent. His work is on forensic detection, and new PSI Blue and Deja Blue, one set in Charleston. More at -

    Novel Writing: Meredith Sue Willis is the well known WV author of A Space Apart (1979); Higher Ground (1981); and Only Great Changes (1985), all from Scribner's. Other books are Oradell at Sea (WVU Press, 2003); a collection, Dwight's House & Other Stories (Hamilton Stone, 2004); a sf novel for young adults, The City Built of Starships; and Billie of Fish House Lane, a children*s novel, Montemayor Press. For more, go to -

    Graphic Novels: Robert Tinnell is a motion picture screenwriter, director, and producer. He's author of comic books and graphic novels, notably with a horror slant, such as The Black Forest, *The Wicked West*, The Living and The Dead. His graphic novel Feast of the Seven Fishes will soon be a movie filmed in WV. For more, go to -

    Authors will host a book signing at the MAC while Robert Walker will be at a Books-A-Million book signing, Friday afternoon. A reception at 4:30 p.m. closes the events. The Morgantown Writers Group is supported by registration proceeds as well as the Cyndi Jones Impact Grant.

    The low-cost Morgantown workshops are made possible by a Cyndi Jones Impact Grant from Arts Monongahela -, Steptoe and Johnson law firm -, and the West Virginia Department of Culture and History - Monongalia Arts Center is at -

    Sunday, June 08, 2008

    Conference Countdown: Entertainment

    Once again, WV Writers has lined up two stellar nights of entertainin’ for the Summer Conference.

    On Friday night conference attendees will be treated to Joe’s Shorts Part II: The Revenge, a selection of live readings from the short plays of the late Joe McCabe. Before Joe passed away in 2007, we had already been planning on asking him for a repeat performance of Joe’s Shorts, which were a hit as entertainment at the 2006 Summer Conference. With Joe’s passing, it seemed only fitting that we go right ahead with plans for Joe’s Shorts II. We’re currently casting our net for cast members to take on roles in these plays, so if you have a hankering to act or just to honor Joe, please contact El Presidente Eric Fritzius at

    Saturday night features another reprise of a past conference favorite, Pops Walker. Last year Pops absolutely blew the roof off the assembly hall using a guitar, sound system and his voice alone. Well, almost alone; he did have a particularly memorable special guest join him mid-way through the show, one Mr. Lee Maynard, who read a new short story he’d written while Pops provided musical accompaniment. It was a wholly impressive and appropriate collaboration, being as how Pops is responsible for the music in the Mountain Whispers audio adaptation of Mr. Maynard’s novel, Crum and is also responsible for the tunes in the upcoming adaptation of Crum’s sequel, Screaming With the Cannibals. If you were there to witness the show, you know how great it was. If you weren’t there, man, you missed out—but you now can make up for it with Pops return performance this year.

    For Pops grand return he will be accompanied by not one but two very special guests in the forms of Keith and Joan Pitzer. Keith and Joan are known and respected West Virginia musicians. Haling from Kingwood, they’ve appeared as part of the Voices of West Virginia touring group with songwriters John Lilly, Kate Long and Todd Burge. Their song "Underneath a Blackened Moon" is included in the Mountain Whispers adaptation of William Blizzard’s, “When Miners March.” Their musical style is a blend of blend contemporary style with Appalachian and Celtic music. So it shall indeed be an unprecedented event to hear their style mix with Pops Walker’s trademark Southern Fried Zen Mojo style.

    Pops and the Pitzers will also be leading two workshops during the conference, one a tag-team workshop on Songwriting and the other a panel discussion on Issues in the Arts.

    Saturday, June 07, 2008

    Conference Countdown: Literary Agents Workshop

    Literary agents Christine Witthohn and Judith Ann Miramontez, with Bookcents Literary Agency of Charleston, will be featured speakers on Saturday afternoon at this year’s Conference. They will bring their knowledge of the publishing industry to give Conference attendees insight as to what editors, publishers and agents are looking for in the current market and how they typically prefer it to appear when submitted to them.

    A big part of their session, which will be held in the Assembly Hall, will focus on query letters. Attendees may bring their query letters which we will collect at the start of the session and read aloud for critiquing during the workshop. (If you wish, names and titles in the query letter may be kept anonymous or pseudonymous.)

    Because Christine and Judith are only available for a limited amount of time on Saturday, there will not be opportunities for one on one critique sessions as we’ve had with agents in years past. However, while they are not currently accepting open submissions at Book Cents, Christine and Judith have offered make an exception for future queries from West Virginia Writers Conference attendees. You’ll have to be present at her session to learn the secret code word that will get your submission through the door.

    Friday, June 06, 2008

    Conference Countdown: The Reception Table

    A popular feature of the WV Writers Summer Conference for the past few years has been our Reception Table. This is the long table at the back of the assembly hall where snacks, food, drinks and assorted goodies are to be found and enjoyed by all conference attendees. However, all those goodies don't magically appear by themselves.

    This is why we are once again asking our members who plan to attend the conference to please bring with either one item of food (such as cookies, pastries, finger foods, maybe a pack of snack-sized candy bars, a pack of full sized candy bars, or, heaven help us, something healthy like trail mix bars, Kashi bars, etc.) or one 12 pack of drinks (non alcoholic, of course, most likely of the soft and fizzy variety). WV Writers will be suppying the water, coffee and veggie/fruit trays. We are also in need of the loan of coolers full of ice to help keep the drinks cool.

    If you're headed up next week, how bout stop by your favorite neighborhood store and bring a little something with you. If everyone brings one such item above, we'll be set for the whole weekend. And to say thanks to those of you who donate such items, WV Writers will enter your name in a drawing for one of our soon-to-be-famous WV Writers Prize Packs. Just see the table attendant for your ticket.

    Conference Countdown: Conference Program Sponsors

    Women's Writing Weekend

    Maggie & Lorna Enterprises

    Duke of Dubai

    Headline Books

    Inspiration for Writers

    Blood Kin & Other Strangers

    Evergreen Syndicate

    Ragdoll Angel, by T. W. McNemar

    Thursday, June 05, 2008

    Conference Countdown: Silent Auction Table

    Each year, WV Writers maintains a silent auction table to help offset costs of the conference. Our membership and conference attendees have been very generous in the past by donating items for the auction. So we're putting the word out again this year that the table will be open for new items.

    Some suggested items that have been big winners in the past are ones regional to your neck of the state and/or other states. Book lots are nice as are arts, crafts and other unique items. Or, if you're the author of a book, consider donating a copy to the auction. We welcome it all. And if you need a tax receipt for your donation, we can provide you with one as well. So please do consider a donation to the table.

    Those who donate to the table may pick up a ticket to be placed in a drawing for a WV Writers Prize Pack, including all sorts of WVW goodness, such as copies of anthologies both old and brand new off the press.

    Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    Lewisburg Bookstore features WVW author Rody Johnson

    Rody Johnson will chat with readers and sign copies of “The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown” during Lewisburg's First Friday, June 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Open Book, on Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg. He is also the author of “In Their Footsteps,” a West Virginia history, and “Different Battles,” the story of a U-boat attack off the Florida coast during World War II. He is currently working on a book on wind energy.

    “The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown” is the story of the most hallowed spring training site in baseball. A review in the “Los Angeles Times” said: “For Dodger fans, spring training has meant Vero Beach. The club has been based in the sleepy Florida beach town since 1948, when they were the Boys of Summer from Brooklyn. The symbiotic relationship between the team and the town is the basis for Rody Johnson's “The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown.”

    “I've been to Dodgertown many times and I know how special it is,” said Fay Vincent, former Commissioner, Major League Baseball. “There's no other spring training site quite like it. Rody Johnson was there from the beginning so he's able to take us on an entertaining trip down through Dodgertown's long and colorful history.”

    Granted special access to the team's archives and personal interviews with players, management, and staff, Rody Johnson presents a fascinating and remarkable history of the sometimes rocky relationship between the city and the team. Beginning with the signing of Jackie Robinson in 1946 and ending with the recent departure of the Dodgers to Arizona, “The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown” traces the changes in baseball and society for more than a half century. It is a story of community, passion, and the beauty of an American sport.

    The book was the basis for an ESPN piece on Dodgertown and was featured on Fox and CBS TV affiliates in Florida, nation-wide XM Radio, and Japanese national television.

    Rody Johnson is a long--time resident of Vero Beach, was born in Charleston, and spends his summers in Lewisburg.

    For more information contact:
    Rody Johnson, 647-9905

    Greenbrier County Library welcomes Patsy Pittman

    The Greenbrier County Library, in Lewisburg, will hold the June edition of its Brown Bag Lunch series on June 6 at noon in the lower level multi-purpose room. For those not familiar with the Brown Bag Lunch Reading concept, it is thus: You bring your lunch, we’ll provide the place to eat it and some literary entertainment. June’s literary entertainment will be readings of short stories and poems from a new collection called Blood Kin & Other Strangers by WV author (and former WV Writers Treasurer) Patsy Evans Pittman.

    In Blood Kin and Other Strangers, Pittman explores that most intimate of mysteries—the family. Drawn from her Appalachian heritage, these short stories and poems show all facets of families, from love and loss, revenge and redemption, to even deceit and murder. This carefully crafted collection features stark drama, gentle humor and surprise endings—and characters who will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.

    A resident of Vienna, W. Va., Patsy has been publishing stories and poetry for many years in such regarded publications as FIRST for Women, Woman’s World, Grit and Confluence Literary Magazine, among others. Her first non-fiction has appeared in Guideposts Books’ Cup of Comfort Ideals, Country Woman and others. She has won numerous awards from Writers Digest, West Virginia Writers, Midwest Writers, Alabama Writers Conclave and received a 2007 Fellowship in Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

    Patsy Pittman will be on hand for the reading and will be available for autographing copies of her book afterward. Assisting Pittman in the readings will be Eric Fritzius, president of WV Writers and former Greenbrier County Library employee who is returning to help continue the brown bag reading series.

    So please join us for our next Brown Bag Reading, June 6 at noon in the lower level of the Greenbrier County Library, Lewisburg. Bring your lunch, bring your ears and prepare to be entertained.

    Conference Countdown: Writers Wall

    All writers are invited to post one or two poems or short pieces of prose (maximum of one page) on the Writers’ Wall at the conference.

    The author’s name MUST NOT appear on the piece. A table near the registration table in Assembly Hall will be set up for Writers’ Wall writers to sign up, and sign-up times will coincide with registration hours.

    The sign-up sheet will be pre-numbered with a place to enter the author’s name and the title of the piece. The number next to the writer’s name will be written on the manuscript and the manuscript will be thumb-tacked to the wall. In the registration packet, each attendee will receive a card to vote for his or her favorite poems and prose. A ballot box will be available near the wall. Be sure to vote before 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Please note that to prevent confusion, the prose wall, sign-up book, ballots and ballot box are lavender. The poetry wall, sign-up book, ballots and ballot box are blue. Be sure to post your entry in the proper book and on the proper wall, and be sure to vote on the correct ballot and place your ballot in the correct box. Votes will be tallied before the Awards Banquet. First, second and third places in each category (poetry and prose) receive a certificate of recognition.

    Monday, June 02, 2008

    Magazines Accepting Submissions

    (This news courtesy of WV Writers own Tovli Simiryan)

    Just passing this on….good luck!

    Grim Graffitti is accepting submissions. They like crime fiction and dark fiction.

    Cricket Magazine has opportunities for writers specializing in children’s literature.

    Sunday, June 01, 2008

    July Literary Press seeks material for new anthology

    Guidelines ─ 2009 Anthology

    July Literary Press seeks well-crafted stories, essays and poems for a Christmas anthology. Although the central theme is Christmas, related subjects will be considered, including other holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa) or winter-, solstice-, or other related themes.

    All submissions must be typed on white 8 ½” x 11” paper. Stories and essays must be double-spaced, poems single-spaced. Include name, address, phone number, email address and word or line count in the upper left corner of the first page.

    No previously published except by invitation.
    Electronic submissions will be deleted unread.

    Stories ─ 5,000 words maximum.
    Essays ─ 1,500 words maximum.
    Poems ─ 50 lines maximum.

    Deadline ─ September 30, 2008.

    Stories and essays should be sent to:
    July Literary Press
    294 Hunters Lane
    Williamsville, NY 14221

    Poems to:
    July Literary Press
    274 North Street
    East Aurora, NY 14052-1334


    Entrants chosen for the anthology will receive one free copy plus the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a discount.

    July Literary Press does not accept material that is pornographic, profane, sexist, racist or violent.

    Check out July Literary Press’ website:

    N.B. Manuscripts under consideration may be kept as long as 6 months.

    Friday, May 30, 2008

    WV Filmmakers Guild celebrates 25th anniversary

    The West Virginia Filmmakers Guild is celebrating its 25th anniversary during the weekend of June 6-8 in Sutton, Braxton County (I-79, Exit 62) with an assortment of activities, including film screenings by WV filmmakers, recognition of founding members, workshops, and more. A welcome reception with wine and cheese kicks off the weekend on Friday, June 6 at 6:00 pm in the lobby of the Elk Hotel on Main Street.

    Saturday events begin at 10:30 with the annual business meeting of the Guild at the Landmark Studio for the Arts on Main Street (pastries/coffee provided), followed by three workshops. One price gains admission to all three workshops — members pay $5.00 and non-members pay $10.00.

    The first workshop on membership surveys is presented by Annie Harbison of the WVU College of Law, followed immediately by a workshop on the topic of intellectual property rights by attorney Kevin Levine of the firm Kay Casto & Chaney. Lunch is on your own, but the Guild encourages everyone to join together at La Dolca Vita, across the street from the theater.

    After lunch, the last workshop will be presented by Pam Haynes and Jamie Cope of the West Virginia Film Office to discuss the recent amendments to the WV Film Industry Investment Act.

    Film screenings at the theater begin at the conclusion of the last workshop and will continue until 6:00 pm. A cookout kicks off around 6:00 pm at Sutton Lake/Dam (bring your own beverages) and will include a recognition ceremony of the Guild's founding members. Film screenings will then continue throughout the evening in the lobby of the Elk Hotel.

    The weekend concludes Sunday with more film screenings at the Elk Hotel lobby from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. For more information about the festivities, contact the Guild's president, Terry Lively, at or the vice president, Jason Brown, at Visit the Guild's group message board at

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    Love Poem Contest

    (This news courtesy of WV Writers member Tammy Whisman)

    “CALL to ALL who write LOVE POEMS”
    (offering the largest prizes given by a CONCEIT MAGAZINE author)
    Visit Oneal at: Oneal's love poems at Allpoetry! and Oneal's poetry book available at Myspace!

    $110.00 - First Prize
    $60.00 - Second Prize
    $30.00 - Third Prize
    (1st prize winner will receive a 1 year subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE)
    $3.00 per poem
    writers welcomed, unlimited entries

    DEADLINE: June 06, 2008
    Winners notified in July by the LOVE POET himself, Oneal Walters

    Email entries and queries to:

    PayPal users go to the CONCEIT MAGAZINE Website
    Snail mail entries and reading fees to:
    Perry Terrell, Editor
    Oneal Walters’ Love Poem Contest
    P. O. Box 8544
    Emeryville, CA 94662 - USA

    (Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

    NOTE: $1.75 to Oneal Walters’ THE AGE BEGINS BOOKS and $1.25 to the $100.00 monthly stipend fund for CONCEIT MAGAZINE writers