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Friday, October 21, 2011

WV Writers 2011 Annual Writing Contest forms to premiere at WV Book Festival

Please join us this weekend for the 2011 West Virginia Book Festival at the Civic Center in Charleston. Authors such as Jaimy Gordon, Dave Pelzer, Gerald Blaine, Jerry West and Lee Child will be present.

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.


Writer, editor, teacher and WV Writers member, G. Cameron Fuller has a new novel out through Woodland Press.  Full Bone Moon is a thriller based on the real 1970 decapitation-murders of two West Virginia University coeds.

Fuller grew up in Morgantown, and the disappearance of Mared Malarik and Karen Ferrell haunted him.  In 1976, Eugene Paul Clawson confessed to the crimes, but many believed he did not commit the murders. Absent a discovery of any credible leads by the police, the public rumor mill went crazy. The crime was committed by Satanists! The real murderer was the son of a prominent Morgantown family! The police knew who did it and were covering up the truth! These and many other rumors cropped up.

Full Bone Moon is a fictional thriller, what might have happened, part crime tale and part paranormal chiller, based on the rumors and the fears that gripped Morgantown: The WVU Coed Murders. As an article in the Charleston Gazette recently said, "What [Fuller's] come up with, he hopes, is a good scare with the flavor of a local urban legend."

"G. Cameron Fuller demonstrates an adroitness with language rarely seen in suspense and mystery novels and sets the bar higher for us all. Crafted by a terrific new voice in fiction, Full bone Moon's pacing, characterization, and settings are all wonderfully well wrought. In fact, Fuller's terrifying tale sneaks up on you and reveals itself as the best fiction I've read in years. Extremely talented work."

-- Robert W. Walker, author of City for Ransom, Children of Salem, and Titanic 2012

"Full Bone Moon is a bona fide gut-wrencher. Dark, smart, and quite honestly impossible to put down at three o'clock in the morning! G. Cameron Fuller shows us this gritty tale through the light of a full bone moon . . . and dares us to blink."

– Michael Knost, Bram Stoker Award-Winner and editor of Writers Workshop of Horror, Legends of the Mountain State, Specters in Coal Dust, and The Mothman Files

Order your copy now through Woodland Press or come see Geoff at the Charleston Book Festival, October 22 and 23, where he'll be signing copies of the book.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Quest for Humor, West Virginia Style

(This release courtesy of Keith Davis of Woodland Press)

Author Karin Fuller, whose work appears in two of Woodland Press's new releases, The Mothman Files and Stories from the Hearth, will be on a panel at the WV Book Festival entitled "A Quest for Humor, West Virginia Style." Karin's column, "Smell the Coffee," is published in the Lifestyle section in every Sunday's Charleston Gazette-Mail (and her work has appeared in Family Circle, Woman's World, Appalachian Heritage, Atalanta Parent, Cup of Coffee for Dog Lovers, and many other publications). The panel will take place from 2:30-4:00 on Sat., Oct. 22. The panel will be moderated by humorist and stand-up comedian Steve Goff, and other panelists include long-time Gazette columnist Rick Steelhammer and humorists Terry McNemar and Diane Tarantini.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

WV Writers Newsletter Guidelines


1. All manuscripts can be submitted either electronically or by mail. If they are submitted electronically, the file should be saved as a .docx, .rtf, or .doc and should be attached to an e-mail. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt font for all manuscripts.

2. I am encouraging submissions of photographs and possible art to incorporate into the newsletter and relevant to the organization. If you submit an art or photograph, it needs to be submitted electronically and be in .jpg format, attached to an e-mail and must be 8 1/2x11 or smaller. All submissions will be printed in black and white. You must include a title and names of those included in your photograph.

3. We reserve the right to not publish any submitted material. All works submitted must be original and unpublished. Please refrain from profanity and adult overtones. Submissions will not be returned.

4. WV Writers, Inc. reserves the right to format or prepare submitted materials for publication while maintaining the context of the piece. When possible, we will get permission before publishing any edited work.

5. Word count should be as followed: Poetry, 20 lines or less. Short Prose, 600-700 words or less. Articles, 500-700 words or less.

6. Please include the following information with submissions: Name and address, contact phone number, or e-mail address. Bios are not always needed but welcomed.

7. All articles/submissions will not necessarily be used at the time of submission; however, they may be saved for future newsletters.

Submit all submissions to either addresses provided. All art and photographs are to be submitted electronically.

Electronic Submissions:

Mail Submissions: Christine Roth, 254 Kenna Drive, South Charleston, WV 25309

Friday, October 14, 2011

Valerie Nieman Appearances (UPDATED)

(This news courtesy of Carol Henry Del Col)

Novelist Valerie Nieman will present a reading and conduct a writing workshop at Alderson-Broaddus College on Monday, October 17, 2011. The workshop will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the reading from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both events will be held in the Humanities Division Lounge, 206 Withers-Brandon, on the Alderson-Broaddus campus. The workshop and the reading are free and open to the public. Valerie Nieman's appearance is sponsored by the Alderson-Broaddus College Humanities Division and the student editorial board of InFlux, the campus literary magazine. For more information about the workshop and reading, contact Carol Del Col at

For folks in the Northern Panhandle - Val is doing a free writing workshop for poetry and fiction, 10 a.m.-12 Saturday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton, with a reading, reception and book signing for Blood Clay from 1-3. Stop by if you're in the area! And Sunday evening she'll be at the beautiful Stonewall Jackson Resort for a reading at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Collection of Fictional Stories Takes Readers for a Walk into the Dark

Greenbrier County native Ben E. Campbell has compiled a collection of short stories now available for the reading public. Published through Outskirts Press, "A Welcome Walk into the Dark" contains twelve fictional stories spanning 170 pages, all set in the Appalachian region. Like fellow West Virginia author Breece D'J Pancake, Mr. Campbell's writing explores Appalachian culture through a realist's lens. The sometimes taboo topics of poverty, drug abuse and fatalism are a few of the linking themes addressed in the stories' pages. "But in the end," says the author. "These stories are about people making choices, and the beauty one can find in the darkest of circumstances."

In an era when daunting schedules and shorter attention spans often prevent readers from engaging in longer works, the short story form continues to provide manageable increments of literature for a time-starved audience. For this reason Campbell believes the short story is making a comeback, revitalizing the tradition of American authors like Edgar Allen Poe who made the art form so popular in years past.

Amy Greene, author of the best-selling novel "Bloodroot" and recipient of the regional Weatherford Award, says of the collection "In 'A Welcome Walk into the Dark', Ben E. Campbell has woven a collection of brutal yet beautifully-written tales populated with a cast of characters every bit as gritty and complex as the Appalachian landscape that shapes the courses of their lives."

"A Welcome Walk into the Dark" is now available through online retailers Barnes and Noble and for $13.95 per copy, as well as in local book stores throughout the state.

About the Author

Ben E. Campbell was born and raised in southeast West Virginia. A graduate of Marshall University and Bowling Green State's MFA program, his stories and essays have appeared in a variety of literary publications. His writing has also received First Place awards from the West Virginia Writers, Inc. competition and the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium, as well as a Devine Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize nomination. He currently serves as Associate Professor of English at New River Community College in Dublin, VA.

For more information about the author, please visit the Ben E. Campbell Fan Page on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Carter Taylor Seaton signings

Author Carter Taylor Seaton has three upcoming book signings this week: Wednesday, Oct 12 at Taylor Books in Charleston from 12-2pm; Friday, Oct 13 from 2-5pm at Stadium Bookstore and Saturday from 11-1:30 at the Marshall University Bookstore.

Come by, bring friends, get your personalized copy of "amo, amas, unconventional love story."

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pittsburgh Author Timons Esaias featured October 20 at MAC

Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet and writer of short fiction. His work has appeared in fifteen languages. He won an Asimov's Readers Award; and was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award. He has had over a hundred poems in print, including Spanish, Swedish and Chinese translations, in markets ranging from Asimov’s Science Fiction to 5AM and Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. His poetry chapbook, The Influence of Pigeons on Architecture, sold out two editions. News Nots, a faux news column, confused readers of seven different papers, as well as an online audience, for a decade. He is Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, in the Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. Program.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Lee Maynard To Speak At FSU


West Virginia native and Crum author, Lee Maynard, will be giving a lecture at Fairmont State University. Don't miss this opportunity to meet an author of such caliber and character. It will be an enlightening lecture.

Mr. Maynard will be speaking October 5, at 7 pm in Colebank Hall Gym. Admission is free and open to the public for all of the events in the lecture series. Tickets are not required. For more information, call the Student Affairs Office at (304) 367-4215 .

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Holler Fall 2011 Deadline

The deadline for the fall issue of Holler is Saturday, 10/15/11. Send your submissions to their website ( or as a reply to this email.