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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!