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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Conference 2011 Video: "Whose Lie is it Anyway" Friday Night Improv

You can watch the entirety of the Friday Night Entertainment from the 2011 Summer Conference via the WV Writers YouTube channel.

"Whose LIE is it Anyway?" was a combo evening of storytelling by members of WV Writers, followed by a series of improvisation games by the 5th Village Players, in the style of the classic show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The show also features musicians Doug and Telisha Williams.

Watch the first part streaming below.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

MadHat Press Chapbook Competition

MadHat Press is the non-profit imprint arm of the multimedia e-zine, Mad Hatters' Review and a production of MadHat Arts Inc. MadHat Press seeks to foster the work of writers and poets: explosive, lyrical, passionate, deeply wrought voices that stretch the boundaries of language, narrative and image, vital and enduring literary voices that sing on the page as well as in the mind.

Formerly based out of New York City, now at home in Asheville, North Carolina, and with our Managing Editor currently situated in Reykjavik, Iceland, MadHat Press is open to authors of all creeds and distinctions, from the emerging to the emergent, from the multicultural to the insolent. For a list of some of our contributors over the years, click on the Mad Hatters' Review tab.

To inaugurate the official birth of MadHat Press, CAConrad, Philly poet extraordinaire and author of the gripping collection, The Book of Frank (Wave 2010), will be judging the first poetry chapbook competition. Future MadHat Press chapbook competitions will include flash-fiction, short story, and novella categories.

MadHat Press places great emphasis on the aesthetics of design, typography and the printed word. It is MadHat Press's vision to connect the reader with the physicality of the book in its creative unraveling. The Press will also publish aesthetically pleasing e-books.

As a non-profit organization promoting the literary arts, MadHat Press welcomes all donations. They are fully tax-deductible for US residents.

Please note guidelines for the "Wild and Wyrd" poetry chapbook competition below. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

MadHat Press
"Wild and Wyrd" Inaugural Poetry Chapbook Competition
June 15 – August 31

MadHat Press, an offspring of the non-profit innovative and collaborative arts organization MadHat, Inc., invites submissions of poetry manuscripts for its first chapbook contest. The genre "poetry" is broad and includes prose and conceptual poetry. There are no restrictions regarding form, style, or content.

This inaugural contest will be judged by CAConrad.

CAConrad is the author of The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with Frank Sherlock, The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Press, 2010). He has a new book of poetry forthcoming, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012). He lives in Philadelphia and writes with his friends at PhillySound, and he is a co-founder of PACE: Poet-Activist Community Extension. Look for him at



$US500.00 and five copies of the perfectly bound chapbook will be awarded to the first prize winner. If the book is co-authored, each of the two authors will be awarded $250.00 and three copies. The winning manuscript will be issued as a professionally designed, typeset and printed chapbook with a color cover, and cataloged with an ISBN number and copyright information. Additional copies will be available to the author at cost plus postage. Three to five poems from the book, selected by the author/s, will be published in Issue 13 of Mad Hatters' Review. The book will be available for purchase on and possibly, other popular venues. Depending on the geographical situation of the winning author, the editors will arrange a book launch in a venue in the U.S.; should this not prove feasible, an online book launch will be arranged, including a podcast with audio excerpts of the winning work.


The manuscript of the second prize winner will be published as a MadHat Press e-book, downloadable via Mad Hatters' Review.


Poems by two finalists will be published in Issue 13 of Mad Hatters' Review. CAConrad will select three to five poems from each winning author's manuscript.


Each manuscript must consist of 26 – 36 pages in single-spaced 12 Point Roman font, page-numbered, but otherwise no identifying information, and sent as PDF file or in Word (.doc) format to:

Individual pieces may have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript should not have been published previously as a whole, either in a chapbook or a full-length work. Your submission of previously published poems includes an acknowledgment that you hold the copyright. Please provide us with acknowledgments of these pieces in your cover letter.
You may make multiple submissions; however, an $18 fee paid through Submishmash must accompany each entry. We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you withdraw your submission through the Submishmash system if your work is accepted elsewhere. No refunds will be provided for partial or full withdrawals.

When preparing submissions, please make sure that in your substantive (manuscript) attachment, your work does not include any identifying information within the title or body of your entry. Please provide a list of the proposed book title, along with a table of contents, including all poem titles in your manuscript. Manuscripts will be read "blind."

Note that any manuscript containing the author's name or other identifying information will not be considered and the entry fee will not be returned.

In your separate cover letter, provide relevant contact information including full name, mailing address, email address, telephone number and a short bio.


Contest entries will be accepted from June 15, 2011, 12:00 a.m. US EST through August 31, 2011, 11:59 p.m. US EST. Any contest submissions received outside of this submission period will not be considered. Winners will be announced no later than November 1, 2011, 12:59 p.m. 


In accord with MadHat Press's mission and vision, English-language submissions from non-U.S. residents and/or citizens are welcome.

For queries or otherwise, please email the editors at:

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Summer Nightsun Writers Conference in Maryland

Summer Nightsun Writers Conference

In Historic Downtown Frostburg

July 28-July 31, 2011

Registration Deadline July 10, 2011!

NightsunThe Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is happy to announce the fourth annual Nightsun Writers Conference scheduled to be held Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31, in downtown Frostburg, MD. The conference will feature workshops with Kim Kupperman, (creative nonfiction), Jim Daniels, (poetry) and Brad Barkley (fiction). The weekend will also include readings by participants and workshop faculty and special guests.

The program will provide participants with workshop opportunities, individualized attention and feedback to their work, as well as to initiate a larger writing community and craft session. The workshop is designed to generate new material and publications, and to hone the craft of creative writing.

The cost for participation is $265.00 plus accommodations and some meals. There will be an opportunity for a one-on-one faculty conference for an additional cost of $25.00.

Click on the registration form for information about area hotels, and to apply! Registration deadline is July 10!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Boing Boing article on POD DIY

Cory Doctorow over at has a nice article on a POD business model. Check it out HERE.

Friday, July 01, 2011

StoFest 2011 Play Festival Submissions Sought

The Independent Theatre Collective in Wheeling is currently accepting play submissions for StoFest 2011: A New, One-Act Play Festival. This season marks ITC's third year producing the event that features new plays by emerging writers and scripts from Wheeling's own, Tom Stobart. Information available on

2011 Submission Guidelines:

- Submissions open on January 24, 2011 and close on August 1, 2011.

- Plays must be received by 8:00pm EST on August 1, 2011.

- Only electronic submissions will be accepted:

- At this time, only writers from WV and its surrounding states (OH, PA, KY, MD & VA) are eligible to submit.

- ITC has no restrictions on content or casting, but asks that you take into consideration their performance space (25ft wide x 14ft deep) w/ very little wing space and no rigging capabilities

- The following props/furniture pieces will be available: two (2) door units, six (6) chairs, two (2) tables and one (1) bench.

- Only two (2) scripts per playwright will be accepted for consideration

- Please include a cover page with all contact information (email preferred) with your submission

- Selected scripts will be notified by September 1, 2011.

- Production dates: October 13 - 16, 2011

- Selected playwrights are invited to attend and participate throughout the production process as much as possible. A small royalty is being arranged for the selected plays; further details will be posted as we obtain funding

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Eric Fritzius

West Virginia Writers, Inc.