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Friday, October 29, 2010

(REMINDER) One Act Play Competition for Writers 2010

Bottle Tree Productions

First Prize $1,000
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $100

One Act Plays of up to 70 minutes may be submitted
to Bottle Tree Productions
at 445 Southwood Drive, Kingston, Ontario K7M-5P8
Phone 613-542-0070 OR 384-8433 or email

Please have your copy bound and if you wish it returned, please include a manuscript-sized SASE. Or check out for email submissions, Paypal options and further details.

The entry fee for each submission is $25. Please make cheque payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Multiple submissions accepted

Plays can have previously been produced but not professionally
Please do not attach your name or contact name to the script but have that information on a separate sheet of paper.

The competition runs until November 30th 2010.

Winners will be announced in January of 2011.

If you want a critical analysis of your work please enclose a cheque for $50 made payable to Bottle Tree Productions.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christine Atwell Halloween Book Reading in Lewisburg

On Halloween Christine Atwell, author of Medium Secrets: My Hidden Psychic Life, will have a book reading in at the Irish Pub on Washington Street, (109 East Washington St. in Lewisburg), starting at 3 p.m. The entire event should be over by 5 p.m.

Christine will read a few ghost stories and other passages from her newly published book. In addition to speaking about her book, Christine will discuss the wide range of psychic experiences she's had and relate stories of experiences with ghosts.

Copies of her book will be available.

Glimmer Train - October 31 deadline

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Deadline: October 31

1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies.
2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.

Other considerations:
Open to all writers.
Pieces should be original, unpublished stories about family.
Please, no longer than 12,000 words. Any shorter lengths are welcome.
Reading fee is $15 per story.
Results post on December 31. Winning story will be published in Issue 82.
Note from the editors on Family Matters.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Woodland Press seeks Mothman stories

Title: The Mothman Files
Publisher: Woodland Press, LLC
Editor: Bram Stoker Award-Winning Editor Michael Knost
Format: Trade Paperback
Payment: Five-cents per word (upon publication) plus contributor copy.
No reprints
Story length: Up to 3000 words
No multiple or simultaneous subs
Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2011
E-mail submissions to:

We will accept .doc attachments only. The editor is looking for fictional mothman stories. The setting is not limited to West Virginia or any other regional area known as mothman territory. The editor wants tales with a solid plot and good character development. Stories should grab the reader's attention quickly and hold it until the end. The editor wants powerful and emotional tales that are creepy, chilling, disturbing, and moody. Although stories will mainly target an adult/young adult audience, we DO NOT want stories containing language or content unsuitable for children.

Formatting your manuscript:
Use Times New Roman (12).
Italicize what you want italicized.
Single space after sentence-ending punctuation.
Be sure to include your name, address, email on manuscript.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Greenbrier Valley Theatre's New Voices Play Festival Accepting Submissions

Greenbrier Valley Theater is now accepting submissions for the third annual “New Voices” Short Play Festival. The winning plays are given a public performance in GVT’s Festival of Community Plays in January/February 2011. This is an opportunity for local playwrights to have their work produced. A panel of professional theatre artists judges the pieces and winners are chosen in early December.

Submissions are welcome from anyone, but local playwrights in the Greenbrier Valley are especially encouraged to participate. Entries should be 10 to12 minutes in length (longer plays will be disqualified) and include between no more than five characters. Plays should be appropriate for all ages (with minimal offensive material) and should be written to be played by adult actors (15 and up.) There is no official theme for the plays. Musicals may be considered depending on available production staff. Due to the nature of the festival and production restrictions, plays with single unit sets will be given priority.

Entries must be received by GVT no later than December 1, 2010. The public festival performance dates are to be announced at a later date. Please email submissions to Kurtis Donnelly, (prefered) or mail them to PO Box 494, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Please do not submit an original copy of your play, as copies will not be returned.

By submitting a play to the “New Voices” Festival, you grant GVT the rights to perform your play at the festival in January/February 2011, if chosen. 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 Kurtis Donnelly at 645-3838 or

Monday, October 25, 2010

(REMINDER) Call for submissions: Consequence Magazine

CONSEQUENCE Magazine: Call for Submissions

CONSEQUENCE Magazine is the literary, print magazine addressing the culture of war. We are interested in the personal and social consequences of armed conflict worldwide, and seek multi-national perspectives.

CONSEQUENCE is currently accepting submissions of exceptional short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews, and visual art.

Submissions will be accepted until November 1, 2010.

For information about how to submit your work, please visit our website:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Literary Arts Day in Morgantown

Morgantown Writers and the WVU Press are co-sponsoring a Literary Arts Day that combines a Short Story Reading on Friday Oct. 29, at Arts Monongahela Gallery by the rising West Virginia novelist Marie Manilla, with a writing workshop led by the author the next morning Oct. 30 at the Morgantown Public Library.

The two-day Literary Arts program includes:

The reading on Friday Oct. 29 begins with a writers reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by Manilla’s reading at 7:15 p.m., with music entertainment, and a book signing. Arts Mon will host a reception to celebrate the WVU Press release of Manilla’s short story collection, “Still Life With Plums”, a vibrant blend of dark humor and magic realism.

The workshop, “Put the 'Wow!' into Your Short Story” is on Saturday Oct. 30, led by Manilla who teaches creative writing at Marshall University. Hosted by Morgantown Writers, it will emphasize techniques that get the attention of editors and readers.

Featured author Marie Manilla is a West Virginia native and graduate of the famous Iowa Writers Workshop. Her new collection of short stories includes a cast of characters from the southern portion of the United States. “Still Life With Plums” weaves together the outwardly distant lives of several strangers, such as a “Black-Irish” West Virginian, a wise-cracking dog groomer, an emasculated husband, a Guatemalan widow, a Japanese-Latin-American poster child from WWII, and a meticulous predator.”

Manilla’s stories have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, Calyx Journal, Kestrel, Portland Review, GSU Review, and other journals. She has written the forthcoming novel “Shrapnel”, which received a Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel by a writer.

The Oct. 30 workshop starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m., at the Morgantown Public Library. There is a small fee for materials and registration is required. Seating is limited to 12 writers. To register, write to – The writers meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the public library.

This Literary Arts program is made possible through collaboration of the WVU Press, Morgantown Writers, and Arts Monongalia. The WVU Press is the official press of West Virginia University, publishing a range of WV book titles. Arts Monongalia is a leader in promoting the arts in Monongalia County. Since 1994, MWG Writers have hosted Literary Arts events and provided resources, workshops, and services for writers in north central West Virginia.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Light of Stars Poetry Contest 2010 deadlines approaching

Annual Poetry Contest
DEADLINE: October 31
Judging by MILO ROSEBUD: November

Winners announced: December

READING FEE: $2.00 per poem entered - UNLIMITED ENTRIES
Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.
Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready - the way you want to see it in print. Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement. One-time magazine publication rights to each publisher - different months. Author’s own copyright guaranteed.

40% of fees collected - First Prize
20% of fees collected - Second Prize
20% of fees collected - Third Prize
PLUS: 1 YEAR Subscription to LONE STARS MAGAZINE and
E-mail entries to: or
PayPal users pay to:

Snail Mail entries and reading fees to:

Milo Rosebud, Editor & Publisher
LONE STARS Magazine, 4219 Flinthill Drive
San Antonio, TX 78230


Perry Terrell, Editor
Conceit Magazine, P. O. Box 884223
San Francisco, CA 94188-4223
(NOTE: Entries can be e-mailed or U.S. Mail)


and Fundraiser

First Prize - $50.00

Second Prize - $30.00

Third Prize – 20.00

Fourth Prize - 1 year subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE

Fifth Prize - 6 month subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE

Sixth Prize - 3 month subscription to CM

$5.00 entry fee up to 3 poems

“ALL” writers welcomed

Previously published poems accepted

SUBJECT: LOVE-old love, new love, lost love, love to be and/or love of.


November 30, 2010

Email entries and queries to:

PayPal users pay to


Snail mail entries and reading fees to:

Perry Terrell, Editor

Love Poem Contest

P. O. 761495

San Antonio, TX 78245


Perry Terrell, Editor

Love Poem Contest

P. O. Box 884223

San Francisco, CA 94188-4223

(Make payable to: PERRY TERRELL)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Poetry Reading and Open Mic in Bluefield

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Connect with others.

Share your art.

Experience connection.

Come to the WindHorse Healing Arts Center

Monday, October 25

7 PM

WindHorse Healing Arts Center

422 North Street

Bluefield, WV

(Coming from Bluefield College, turn left at Community Center flashing light, follow road curving to right. Building is on the left just past a parking lot.)

Please bring $2 to help cover costs

Refreshments available

For more information, contact Rob Merritt: 304-920-1860

WVW Podcast Episode 43

Episode 43 of the WV Writers Podcast features an interview with WV Writers' own Richard A. Lewis. Richard has served the organization in the past as Parliamentarian, First Vice President and Treasurer. He recently published his first collection of short fiction entitled Naked Man's Rock. We joined him at his home in Lewisburg to talk about it.

Download it at our Podcast Page or subscribe in iTunes.

Return to Rural America Anthology submission deadline extendedseeking submissions

Steph F Enterprises, LLC, publisher of the upcoming anthology Return to Rural America, still needs contributors with poetry, anecdotes and short stories about Rural America. Depicting life in Rural America, after having lived or visited in urban areas of the country, this anthology will highlight the culture, the people and the aesthetic qualities of rural America.

Short stories should be between 600-1,200 words while anecdotes must not exceed 300 words. Entries will not be returned. They can be sent by mail or by e-mail. The cost to enter is a minimal fee of $5.00 per entry. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Checks or money orders should be made payable and mailed to: Steph F Enterprises, LLC, 343 Campbells Creek Drive, Charleston, WV 25306. Those selected for the anthology will be notified on November 30 by letter. All releases will be sent with the letter to be returned for publication.

This anthology is dedicated to those rural communities and people in appreciation they so well deserve for preserving the American way of life.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Woodland Press's FRIGHT NIGHT this Saturday

Woodland Press presents FRIGHT NIGHT. This Saturday, October 23, from 5 to 8p at the Town Center in Charleston, over one dozen authors including nationally known writers will be on hand to greet the public, sign books, perform readings, and more. Magic Makers and the CTC Teen Board will model Halloween costumes. Magician and author Brian J. Hatcher will be perform illusion. Plus there will be candy, giveaways and surprises.

Taylor Books Horror Publishing Panel this weekend.

Writers, editors and storytellers will appear during a Halloween Publishing and Writing Panel, at Taylor Books on Saturday, October 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In keeping with the Trick or Treat season, the independent bookstore will be emphasizing the speculative fiction and horror genres. Panel participants will include 2009 Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Michael Knost, Brian J. Hatcher, Ellen Thompson McCloud, Frank Larnerd, Jason L. Keene, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller, Karin Fuller, Eric Fritzius, Jessie Grayson and others.

Readings are planned, along with writing discussions and a time for questions and answers. The authors and editors will also be thrilled to sign books for those in attendance.

Published and non-published writers, editors, book publishers and book-lovers of all ages are encouraged to attend.

For additional information on these panelists, arranged for us by the inimitable Woodland Press, visit: !

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference November 2010

The 2011 Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference series continues this November at the King and Prince Resort on St. Simon's Island, Georgia. The topic for the weekend will be Historicals, Fantasy, New Publishing Trends.

Scribblers' Retreat encourages, educates and promotes budding authors and published authors of all ages while helping them to write and publish their works. We provide a favorable environment to facilitate professional connections and friendly sharing of valuable information.

We are committed to the support and advancement of all writers, published and non-published. We offer four conferences with a broad variety of genres throughout the year. Attendees will experience lively, intelligent sessions presented by a carefully chosen symposium of experienced teachers, writers, editors and others from the publishing world.

We are dedicated to presenting innovative and motivating conferences to host world-class authors and speakers. There will be opportunities for attendees to meet like-minded fellows and also to compete in fun, impromptu writing contests for first-class prizes. All of this we offer in a spectacular setting at the King and Prince Resort on tranquil St. Simon's Island, Georgia.

Guest speakers include:

Diana Gabaldon-- # 1 New York Times Best Selling Author who will offer a workshop called "Priceless advice from a spell binding storyteller."

Adam Davies-- Major Motion Picture Writer, Editor and Author who will speak on “Publishing Inside-Out: A View of the Industry as a Writer and Editor.”

Karen White-- New York Times Best Selling Author who will speak on “Using Emotion to Create Characters That Stick With Your Readers”

Ciji Ware--Emmy award winning television producer, author, journalist who will speak on “Writing in the Digital Age.”

Dominique Raccah-- SOURCEBOOKS Publisher who will speak on “New Media Publishing Paradigm: Publishing Books in the Digital Age”

10 speaker sessions, Evening with the Author & more...

November 11-13, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010


News Release For Further Information, Contact:
For Immediate Release President Donna Runt (740) 937-2208
Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III (740) 937-2629

The Hope Players are inviting local writers to submit original one-act plays for their second annual evening of one-acts, to be presented in February, 2011. According to Hope Players executive director Andrew Pelegreen III, “As with last year, we are seeking plays of any type or genre, about 30 minutes in length, that are suitable for a family audience.”
“Plays submitted must be unproduced by any theatre group,” Pelegreen said. “The play can be a little shorter or longer than 30 minutes, but it must have a solid plot and characters with whom an audience can identify,” he added. “The characters can be any age, but the plot and dialogue must be family-friendly,” he explained.
Pelegreen said that submissions must be type-written in standard script format. They are to be sent to the Hope Players, P.O. Box 519, Hopedale, OH 43976. Entrants who wish to have their submissions returned must enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Submissions must be postmarked by November 1, 2010.
Pelegreen noted that entrants whose plays are chosen for production will be given the opportunity to work with the director assigned to their show, and may be asked to make minor revisions before production. The rehearsal and performance schedules will be announced at a later date.
“We’ll only do an evening of one-acts if we get enough quality plays for a solid evening of entertainment,” Pelegreen said. “That’s why we’re calling on all area writers to submit their best unproduced, short plays. We want our audiences to see the high quality of writing talent we have right here in the Ohio Valley,” he added.

(REMINDER) Brown Bag Poetry Reading with Tim Armentrout

WV Writers' Region 3 representative Tim Armentrout will be reading his poetry as part of Carnegie Hall WV's Brown Bag Reading series, tomorrow, October 19 from noon to 12:50 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV.

Bring your lunch and enjoy the reading.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2010 WV Book Festival

Please join us this weekend for the 2010 West Virginia Book Festival at the Civic Center in Charleston. Authors such as Nicholas Sparks, Diana Gabaldon, Civil War historian and Virginia Tech professor Dr. James Robertson, children’s author Carmen Deedy will be there as well as WV-authors Jayne Ann Phillips and Meredith Sue Willis.

While you're there, come by the West Virginia Writers table and say hi to us. The Book Festival is our traditional day to debut the new contest entry form for the WV Writers Annual Writing Contest as well as the WVW New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, so come by and pick yours up! (Alternately, they'll be available at our website on Monday.)

Admission is free.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brown Bag Poetry Reading with Tim Armentrout

WV Writers' Region 3 representative Tim Armentrout will be reading his poetry as part of Carnegie Hall WV's Brown Bag Reading series, October 19 from noon to 12:50 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, WV.

Bring your lunch and enjoy the reading.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Woodland Press Book Party Release Today in Huntington

There will be a big book release party today at the Barboursville Borders (Huntington Mall) from 4:00 to 6:30. It's a BIG event. There's going to be a magic show and some readings, probably some local TV and press coverage. Three books on the Woodland Press imprint released in one day and many, many authors will be on hand to sign books, chat, and whatnot. (Just don't feed them, or they'll follow you around forever.)

Karin is in Mountain Magic: Spellbinding Tales of Appalachia, and I have a story in Legends of the Mountain State IV. Reports vary, but from 8-15 other authors will be there. Come on down and say hi!

Below are some blurbs from F. Keith Davis (Woodland Press) and Brian Hatcher) editor of Magic and magician extraordinaire) with links to a trailer made by Brian, an article that appeared in the Herald Dispatch, and the Woodland Press site.

Woodland Press, LLC THIS IS IT: For the first time ever, Woodland Press will be unveiling three brand new, major titles simultaneously at Borders Bookstore, Huntington Mall, Barboursville. WV. Saturday, October 9th, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Eleven authors are scheduled to attend, with many surprises and activities planned. Public invited.

WV Writers Podcast Episode #42 Now Available

We return with Episode 42 of the WV Writers Podcast, another of our patent-pending recorded live readings (Q: "But if it's recorded, how can it be live?" A: "Zzzzzzzzipit")

This recorded live reading comes from the September 21st Brown Bag Tuesday session at Carnegie Hall WV in Lewisburg and features WV Writers' current parliamentarian, author Belinda Anderson. Belinda will be reading a selection from her three collections of short stories, The Well Ain't Dry Yet, The Bingo Cheaters and Buckle Up, Buttercup assisted by Elizabeth Spangler and Dr. Larry Davis.

Find it HERE.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Book reading in Lewisburg on 10-10-10

(News courtesy of Christine Atwell)

Author Laura Ricketson Doherty will be having a book reading on Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at Irish Pub from 3 - 4 pm in Lewisburg, WV. The pub is on Route 60 on the south side of the street not far from The Open Book bookstore.

You can find Irish Pub on the Internet. Their phone number is 304 645-7386.

Her book is Annie Ricketson's Journal, which was published recently by Heritage Books.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Glimmer Train - Bulletin 45

October 1, 2010

Upcoming deadline:
The October Family Matters competition closes
October 31. See guidelines.
Open to ALL writers.
Word count not to exceed 12,000. (Any shorter lengths are welcome.)
First place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 82 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or if chosen for publication, $700).
Note from the editors on Family Matters.
Essays in this bulletin:
Benjamin Percy: The story "Refresh, Refresh" was a game-changer for me, not only because of its success, but because it changed my approach to writing. Now I never hold back. I dynamite the vault and let all my treasure pour out. Every story is an "all in" story. (more)
J. Kevin Shushtari: Nobody can teach you, for example, how to feel compassion; you either do or you don't. Still, not a single person ever asked me why I was going to medical school. Not a single person said medicine can't be taught. (more)
Justin Kramon: I would group the events into "main plot" and "subplots," which helped me see the rhythm of the book, and the way that subplots work in a novel. The biggest difference between the plots of novels and those of stories was the number and complexity of subplots. (more)
Paola Corso: Of course, now I ask myself why I had waited so long to send it out. While I was certainly aware that story collections are more than ever a hard sell these days, I couldn't help but wonder if another part of me unconsciously wanted to honor the family secret. (more)
Results of the July Very Short Fiction Award:
Winners and finalists have been notified, and the Top-25 list is posted! Our thanks to all of you for letting us read your stories!
1st place: "The Vast Garden of Strangers" by J. Kevin Shushtari
2nd place: "The Story Is in the Reflection" by Graham Arnold
3rd place: "In Perfect English" by Nahal Suzanne Jamir
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