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Friday, January 24, 2014

Open Mic Workshop

Open Mic? Yikes! Reading Your Work in Public • Course #1269

If you take the stage with sweaty palms and shaking knees, and then read too fast or mumble, this workshop can help you! We’ll look at clips of established writers reading their work and discuss what they do and why it works. Then we’ll cover preparing, pacing, inflection, interpretation and gaining confidence and the realities of the actual reading.

Finally we’ll practice. Please bring a page of prose or poetry that you love by someone else to read first, as well as a page or poem of your own.  

Instructor:  Judith Stanton

Saturday, February 1, 10:00A - 1:00P  
                             

Cost: $41.25    

To register, call 919-545-8044                       

Monday, January 20, 2014

Burlington Writers Club contest

2014 Burlington Writers Club Adult Contest Rules
RULES
1. Adult writers living in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Randolph, and Rockingham Counties are eligible.

2. Manuscripts, including poetry, must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, not pending publication, and must not have received a first place award in any competition.

3. Writers may submit one (1) entry in each category. No entry may be placed in more than one category.

4. Poetry requirements – (original or clear copies) Two (2) copies of entry – NO Index cards. 1st Copy of entry includes: Member/non-member, county, title, category, name, address, telephone, e-mail address at top right of page.

2nd Copy – NO name on entry, TITLE ONLY at top of page 100 lines maximum, 11 or 12 font size, Single Spacing, 8 ½ x 11 white plain paper (no designs on the paper) No illustrations.  Keep copy for your records. Please follow instructions to ensure judging.

5. Prose requirements (original or clear copies) Two (2) copies of entry – NO index cards. 1st Copy of entry includes: Member/Non-member, county, title, category, name, address, telephone, e-mail address at top right of page.

2nd Copy – NO name on entry, TITLE ONLY at top of page.5,000 non-fiction and 5000 fiction word maximum, 11 or 12 font size, Double spacing, 8 ½ x 11 white plain paper (no designs on the paper) No illustrations.  Keep copy for your records.                    Please follow instructions to ensure judging
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6. Burlington Writers Club members may enter free.  Deadline for $15.00 membership dues is Dec 31, 2013.  Non-member entry fee is $8.00 per entry for Poetry and $10.00 per entry for Prose. No cash will be accepted through the mail. Checks or money orders are to be made payable to the Burlington Writers Club and attached to your entries.

7. Deadline for entries is March 8, 2014.  No entries postmarked after that date will be accepted.  Entries may be brought to the March 8th meeting. All inquiries, requests for manuscripts, judge’s comments and winners’ list must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope (SASE) with correct postage.  Entries without SASE or not picked up at the Awards Banquet on May 13th will be destroyed.

8. First place winners will receive $25.00 and a Certificate of Merit. They will be asked to read their winning entry or designate a reader. Time limit is seven (7) minutes or four (4) double spaced pages for prose.  Second place winners will receive $15.00 and a Certificate of Merit. Third place winners will receive $10.00 and a Certificate of Merit. Honorable mentions will receive a Certificate of Merit.

 9. The Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. – the specifics of location and price will be announced along with notification to the winners. Reservations are required. Cost of meal per person, or change of location of banquet will be announced at least one month before banquet, if not before.
 Any category which does not have at least six (6) entries will be eliminated. First place winners of the 2013 contest are not eligible to enter the categories in which they won. A category manager is not eligible to enter the category she/he manages. Manuscripts may be written upon by the judges.

CATEGORIES AND MANAGERS
Contest Committee: Lisa Reittinger, Seena Granowsky and Doris Caruso
Banquet Committee: Seena Granowsky, Doris Caruso, Carolyn Councilman, Liz Solazzo

1. Stories for Children – Maximum 2500 words. See Prose Requirements.
   Designate on entry if either for 5 – 8 year olds, or 9 – 12 year olds. (Age group
   appropriateness will be considered in judging.)
   Manager: Carlene Morton,  2866 Brookwood Drive, Mebane, NC  27302

2. Non-Fiction – Maximum 5000 words.  See Prose Requirements.
    Includes magazine article, feature story, memoir and essay.
    Manager: Jean Bailey Robor,  912 North Main Street, Burlington, NC  27217

3. Fiction – Maximum 5000 words. See Prose Requirements
    Manager:  Sandra Redding, 1600 Efland Drive, Greensboro, NC  27408-4208 

4. Poetry – Maximum 100 lines. See Poetry Requirements.
    Manager: Robert DeMaree,  2080 Sullivan Park Circle, Burlington, NC  27215

5. Light Verse – Maximum 32 lines.  See Poetry Requirements.
    Manager:  Carolyn Councilman,  7022 Bethel South Fork Rd., Graham, NC  27253

6. Poetry for Children – No line limit.  See Poetry Requirements.
     Designate on entry if either for 5 – 8 year olds, or 9 – 12 year olds. (Age group
     appropriateness will be considered in judging.)
     Manager:  Doris Caruso, 3015 Winston Drive #110, Burlington, NC  27215


For additional information, call 336-227-2351 Seena Granowsky or 336-229-7104 Doris Caruso.  For copies of these rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Doris Caruso, 3015 Winston Dr. #110, Burlington, NC 27215 or email your request to lreittin@rtelco.net.  Rules are also available at our Website www.burlingtonwritersclub.org. The Burlington Writers Club is a Member Group of the Alamance County Arts Council

Monday, January 6, 2014

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out will meet Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1:00 PM at Pittsboro Roadhouse

All writers, any genre are invited.

Guest speaker: Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling author Tamara Ward will be our guest.  Tamara is the author of four critically acclaimed novels.  Her topic will be eBook Marketing.

Check her website at authortamaraward.com for more information.


See the North Carolina Writers’ Network website for information about contests and submission opportunities:  www.ncwriters.org

Also check Facebook for Chatham Writers. That’s at:
facebook.com/pages/Chatham-Writers/362044867434?ref=hl

Writers’ Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hats Off Review

Following local authors had works published this year.
HATS OFF AND LOTS OF APPLAUSE FOR:
Glenn Cassidy
Two short stories: 
Hearts and Minds in the anthology Aftermath by Main Street Rag
Summerfield, semifinalist in the 2013 NC state Fiction contest.
Poem: The Great Beyond published in NCPS edition of Pinesong.

Patricia Cole
Six poems:
Under Eaves, by Wild Goose Poetry Review
Ode to Bovine, by Red Clay Review
Storm, by Main Street Rag
Pot of Gold, by Bella Online Poetry Review
By Autumn and Suffer the Children, by Iodine Poetry Review.

Norma Hawthorne
Essay:
In A Mother’s Eyes, by Minerva  Rising Women’s Literary Journal.

Erika Hoffman
Stories: Ten in Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Judy Hogan
Novel:
Farm Fresh and Fatal, by Mainly Murder Press.
Chapbook:
Beaver Soul, by Finishing Line Press.

Carol Phillips
Short fiction:
Last Synapse, by County Line: A Literary Journal

Judith Stanton
Novels:
A Stallion to Die For
Under A Prairie Moon
The Mad Marquis
The Kissing Gate

Caroline Taylor
Novel:
Jewelry From A Grave, by 5 Star-Cengage
Five short stories:
The Chickens Are on Their Way Home, by Work Literary Magazine
Red Trees, by Fiction 365
Cruising Craigslist, by The Story Teller
Champagne Therapy, by Ideagrams
One of Ours, by Wild Violet