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Monday, August 30, 2010

TWO POETRY BOOK CONTESTS

Jacar Press will be reading poetry manuscripts for two contests from August 30 through November 30, 2010.
For full information visit www.jacarpress.com
email jacarpress@gmail.com

Full Length Poetry Book Contest

The entry fee is $15. We will publish 1 winner for every 50 submissions. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
Full length manuscripts must be 48 - 80 pages of poems, not including table of contents, acknowledgment page, or biography.

Winning manuscripts will receive royalties escalating quickly from 10% of all sales, to 33% of all sales, and finally 50% of all sales.

Poetry Chapbook Competition

Entry fee is $10. We will publish 1 winner for every 50 submissions. Finalists will be considered for publication.

Chapbook manuscripts must be between 32 - 40 pages long, including table of contents, an acknowledgment page, and a page for your biography.

Winning Chapbooks will receive royalties that pays them 30% of all sales after the costs of publication are covered.

Jacar Press is a Community Active Press. Part of the publisher's proceeds from the sales of these books will be donated to causes chosen by the winning writers.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Independent Bookstores

The North Carolina Writers’ Network has long supported local independent bookstores. There are several good reasons why we should support our Indies.

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

Spend $100 at a local store and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.

Local businesses create jobs for our neighbors.

More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.

Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.

Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.

More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community. Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents. See www.indiebound.org

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NETWEST Anthology

The new anthology from NETWEST (North Carolina Writers' Network West) Echoes Across the Blue Ridge has been published.
It is now available for order online at:
www.ncwriters.org or at:
www.doubleeagleenterprises.com

Creative Writing at CCCC

Registration has begun for the Fall schedule in Continuing Ed Creative Writing at CCCC!

Some seats are still available for the first Fall workshop is THIS SATURDAY:
'Writing to Sell' with Ruth Moose. This is a great professional developement workshop, so call now to reserve your space.

Workshops and classes are listed below. To register, please call 919.545.8044 (NOTE: This is a new number).

A full description of instructors and offerings is on the web site at:
http://www.cccc.edu/creativewriting

To see the full Fall schedule at CCCC, please visit:
http://www.cccc.edu/ecd/schedule/

The Creative Writing Program at CCCC offers continuing education credits for courses in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and creative inspiration.
All classes meet on the Pittsboro campus.
Class and workshop participants will write creatively, read their work aloud, study other writers, and above all engage in a dialogue about writing.
Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Writers of all levels will find motivation, energy, and creative insights in these classes.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Prime Number Magazine

Press 53 of Winston-Salem announces Prime Number, a new on-line literary magazine. They are soliciting submissions. To see the first issue, and the submission guidelines, go to www.press53.com

Ultra Flash Fiction #2

Some info was left out of the previous posting.

This was the winning entry in our contest. The rules were 300 words or less, with words of one syllable only.

The winning entry is by Rick Bylina.

Don't forget: Open Mic, Monday, August 16 at 6:30 PM.

Ultra flash fiction contest

TRUE LOVE

Queen Bea watched the king's blood flow and stain the floor. Then, she smiled and gave the blue knife back to Wren who wiped the blade clean. "It can do no more harm," the queen said to her fair maid. "He can't either." The queen squeezed Wren's arm. "Leave with my words and throw the knife in the moat."

Wren sensed the strength of the queen's words and had to think fast. "Yes, my queen." She edged out the false door then fled to the Grand Hall. "Guards," Wren called out. "Men in black slew the king."
A knight's shout rang out. "Close the gates. Hunt these fools down." His voice turned cold. "God save the queen."

As the guards dashed from the hall, a sly grin grew on Wren's face. "They chase ghosts. I'll waste no tears for this weak, faint, and false king." She left to make plans.

Forced on the throne as a child bride to mend two foes, Queen Bea was a young teen when her son was born. That son was now a strong, brave, and true man, who now mourned his loss. The next night Queen Bea told Wren, "My son shall be a great king. And though some may think they know last night's truth, they do not. No one stops this plan."
"All will soon be as it should."
"I have no doubt," said the queen.

While March's cold warmed to May, the queen wept few tears for the dead king, and then wed the love of her loins. Late that night, the blue knife sank in the moat drenched with the queen's blood.

Long June days came. As planned, the new king wed his true love who wore white trimmed with blue and showed a sly grin.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CCCC Open Mic

We will be holding the Open Mike in room 109 of Building 2 (same building),so follow the signs!

Monday, August 16, 6:30-9:00 PM

Hope to see you there. Please forward.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Writers' Morning Out

Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 14, 11:00 AM at Virlie’s Grill, 58 Hillsboro St. in Pittsboro.

Until then, check the blog. The address is: www.pittsboro-wmo.blogspot.com We try to keep it current with information about contests and submission possibilities.

Come join us. Remember—a journey of a thousand miles must start with a single step. Likewise, the world’s next great novel must start with a single word. Get motivated and write it down.

Creative Writing Classes at CCCC

The Fall schedule for Continuing Ed Creative Writing classes and workshops is online now. Registration began on Wed., Aug. 4. A description of instructors and offerings is listed below:

http://www.cccc.edu/creativewriting

To see the full Fall schedule at CCCC, please visit:

http://www.cccc.edu/ecd/schedule/

To register for these classes please call 919.545.8044 (NOTE: This is a new number).

The Creative Writing Program at CCCC offers continuing education credits for courses in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and creative inspiration.
All classes meet on the Pittsboro campus.
Class and workshop participants will write creatively, read their work aloud, study other writers, and above all engage in a dialogue about writing.
Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Writers of all levels will find motivation, energy, and creative insights in these classes.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Plagiarism

Plagiarism lines blur for students in digital age
College officials suggest that many students simply do not grasp that using words they did not write is a serious academic misdeed.

While this article is concerned with students, there are implications for all writers.

Here is the link to the article, originally from the NY Times.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38517684/from/toolbar

My thanks to Dick Michiner from NETWEST who provided the information about the article.