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Friday, July 31, 2009

Patchwork Writers Intensive One Day Workshop

Patchwork Writers Group of Huntington will offer a day of workshops on August 15, 2009 at the Huntington Museum of Art. Picturebook author Sarah Sullivan and writer and editor Geoffrey Cameron Fuller will be leading the workshops. There are a limited number of slots available for these workshops, so pre-registration is suggested.

Sarah Sullivan is the author of four picture books. Her second book, Dear Baby: Letters from Your Big Brother, (Candlewick 2005), was an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award winner. Her third book, Passing the Music Down is forthcoming from Candlewick and her fourth book, Once Upon A Baby Brother, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her poetry has appeared in Cricket magazine and she holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College where she was the recipient of the Harcourt Post-Graduate scholarship. She also received an Individual Artist Fellowship/Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Prior to writing for children, Sarah practiced law for fourteen years. Currently, she writes full-time and conducts writing workshops and visiting author programs in schools throughout the country.

Geoffrey Cameron Fuller’s fiction and nonfiction has been published in newspapers and newsmagazines, literary and genre periodicals, fiction collections and classroom textbooks. As a book evaluator and editor, Fuller’s work has also helped clients win awards and Fellowships, most recently winning a national award—a bronze IPPY, the Independent Publisher Book Award—for the history, Monongah (Davitt McAteer, West Virginia University Press). Fuller was on the editorial board of Writer’s Digest for a number of years and currently writes, edits, and teaches in Charleston, West Virginia.

2033 McCoy Road,
Huntington, WV

10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

COST $20.00

Deadline for Registration:
August 8, 2009

Limited to 40 people

Download official registration form HERE.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

10x3 plus A journal of poetry seeks submissions

10x3 plus began publishing in 2007. Each issue showcases 10 poets x 3 poems or 3 poets x 10 poems plus other poems, prose-poems, or features. The idea of the magazine is to publish multiple poems by poets.

With this goal in mind, the editor accepts poets first, and poems second. The magazine has also featured longer works, such as Jesse Weiner's book-length poem, The Structure of Complex Symbols, which was "fragmented" in issue #1. Other "top ten" poets have included Rick Campbell, Grace Cavalieri, Michael Gessner, Susan Grimm, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Ron Padgett, George Szirtes, Martin Turner, and Lisa Zimmerman.

For more info:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bethicket Magazine Seeking Submissions!

Bethicket, a new, local magazine focused on literature and the arts, is seeking submis­sions for its premiere issue!

For written works, feel free to submit any genre--Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, etc. You may submit up to five poems, no longer than 100 lines each. For short stories/other works, please make it no longer than 5,000 words.

We are also looking for art submissions. No style in particular--just send digital im­ages of your sculpture, photograph, etc.

With your submissions, include some information about yourself. This could be poten­tially used if your work is chosen to be published.

Send submissions to:

Deadline: September 10, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Erotic Fairy Tale submissions sought

(This news courtesy of Cynthia Sterling Market News)

Editor Kristina Wright of Cleis Press is seeking erotic fairy tales for a new anthology to be published in Spring 2010. The submission deadline is August 15 for stories of 1500 to 4000 words.

Payment is $50 on publication.

Wright is interested in "reinvented classic tales as well as new fables that blend fantasy and desire."

Find all the details at

Monday, July 27, 2009

ITC's StoFest Play Festival Accepting Entries (DEADLINE SOON!)

(This news courtesy of Jeremy Richter of Wheeling's Independent Theatre Collective.)

Wheeling's Independent Theatre Collective will be staging a new 10 to 15 minute play festival named StoFest after Wheeling playwright T.S. Stobart. In April, ITC revived three of Stobart's plays to great success and enthusiastic audiences. Due to the response, the festival will continue this September with not only plays by Stobart, but is also open to other WV playwrights (of past & present residency).

The length of StoFest will be determined upon how many submissions are received and selected.

The only guidelines are that the scripts must be ten to fifteen minutes in length and written by WV residents/natives.

Age, genre and subject matter are not restricted in any way.

Please submit via email to

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2009.

Please forward this email onto any interested parties! Let's get viral w/ this notice and continue to strengthen our brilliant arts community!

Contact Jeremy Richter with any questions at:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Esquire online fiction contest

(This news courtesy of Cynthia Sterling Market News)

Esquire Magazine is now publishing fiction exclusively online. As part of this new venture, the magazine is publishing a fiction contest. There's no entry fee and anyone can enter -- but only one entry per person.

All entries must be based on one of the following three titles:
Twenty ten
An Insurrection
Never, Ever Bring This Up Again

Stories will be judged on both literary merit and technical proficiency. Stories may be no more than 4000 words. The deadline for entries is August 1. First prize is $2500 and publication in Esquire.

Find all the details at

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Monongalia Arts Center Presents Comedy and Music (starring WVW's own Steve Goff)


In anticipation of Morgantown's upcoming first comedy festival, MAC plans to set the comedy table with two stellar nights of comedy and music at its "Hot E'nuff For Ya?" Comedy and Music Cantina on Thursday and Friday nights, August 6 and 7, 8pm, in the Tanner Theater at the Monongalia Arts Center on High Street.

Featured each night will be two of MAC's favorite versatile and veteran performers, comedian Steve Goff and singer, songwriter Jim Savarino.

Comic Steve Goff returns to the Tanner Theater for the first time since his hilariously successful show "Love Stinks (and Other Reality Based Observations)" ran for three sold out nights in April of 2001. Steve wrote, directed and starred in that production which was a wickedly funny combination of one man's view of love, and the world in general; and the hysterical comedy sketch "The Lunatics of Love" that utilized an all star cast of MAC players.

The Morgantown Dominion-Post wrote a rave review of that show calling it "...witty, observant, and highly entertaining; a creative and rollicking good time." (DP, " 'Love Stinks Offers Sweet Laughs"... Rhonda Gillespie, April 2001).

Steve is a native of Clarksburg and a graduate of WVU with a degree in journalism and a masters in public administration. An accomplished character actor, Goff appeared in numerous past MAC productions, including "Foxfire"; Crimes of the Heart"; "The Mousetrap" and "Love, Sex, and the IRS". He has been performing as a stand up comedian since his college days in Morgantown in the late 1970's and has played college campuses, comedy clubs and nightclubs all over the east coast and worked with comedy greats David Brenner and Jeff Foxworthy.

Songwriter Jim Savarino, also a West Virginia native,

came to songwriting from a very unusual path. Jim left home at age 15, joined the Marine Corps at 17, and later became a physicist. He began writing songs and performing in Los Angeles, and now resides in Morgantown, WV. Jim’s influences include Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and John Denver. Jim currently hosts monthly songwriting workshops in Morgantown at MAC.

Jim’s third album, “Sun Dreams” is receiving radio play in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. He has co-written with Kathy Hussey, has songs covered by folk, bluegrass, old-time, country and cowboy artists in the US and Europe. His songs include poetic descriptions of the natural beauty of Appalachia, with a viewpoint of optimism and hope in an increasingly frustrating world.

This well rounded evening of comedy and music is part of MAC's ongoing effort to bring high quality and affordable entertainment to the Morgantown area.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and may be purchased by calling 304-292-3325 or online at

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Glimmer Train Deadline Approaching

The Very Short Fiction Award closes on July 31!

Very Short Fiction Award (not to exceed 3,000 words)

1st place—$1,200 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories.
2nd place—$500 and possible publication.
3rd place—$300 and possible publication.
Other considerations: Reading fee is $15 per story. Open to all writers.

Results post September 30, winning story publishes in issue 77.

Friday, July 17, 2009

WVW Podcast Episode 12 Now Available

After a two week absence, we return with Episode 12 of the WVW Podcast. We at long last speak to singer/songwriter and composer of our podcast's music Mr. Pops Walker. Pops is a friend of WV Writers and has performed at our summer conference on two past occasions. We speak to him about those experiences, his early days and the Shenandoah Valley Acoustic Roots Songwriting Contest, which he is overseeing.

Visit our PODCAST PAGE for downloading, or subscribe via iTunes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mary Lucille DeBerry's Book Launch Party

(This news courtesy of Phyillis Wilson Moore)


At The Blue Moose Cafe, 248 Walnut Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Thursday, July 16, 2009
6:00-8:00 pm

Award-winning West Virginia native (AND FUTURE WV WRITERS PODCAST GUEST) Mary Lucille DeBerry will read from her first collection of poetry, Bertha Butcher’s Coat.

$15.90 (or a pre-purchased book) at the door includes an autographed copy of Bertha Butcher’s Coat, wine and appetizers.

This event is sponsored by Parsons Corporation and co-hosted by Gary Tannebaum, owner of the Blue Moose Café, and Parsons representative Anne-Marie Borbely-Bartis.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Writers Digest 2009 Short Story Contest accepting entries

(This news courtesy Fay Thompson, WV Writers Roundtable Forum moderator)

Writer's Digest is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual Short Short Story Contest. Enter your story of no more than 1500 words, any fiction genre. First place wins $3000, Second place $1500, with more cash prizes for other entries. The entry fee is $15. Deadline to enter is December 1, 2009. For more information and to enter online, go to