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Letter from the Director — November 2019

WWW Night at The Bard’s Town

Please join Women Who Write for our Fourth Annual Evening of Readings at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road, on November 7, 2019. Gather at 6:00 pm to order beverage and food. Readings will begin promptly at 6:30 pm. This event is in lieu of our monthly (November) meeting at the library.

 

WWW Looking to Move

After years of uncertainty as to whether the Mid-City Mall Library Branch would be closed, the WWW Board began exploring options for moving our meetings to another Louisville Public Library branch. The Board has now decided to apply for a meeting room at the South-Central Regional Branch on the Outer Loop. We chose this site because of the branch’s central location close to I-65 and the availably of a large room for monthly meetings and/or presentations.

But Thursday meeting space is not available at the South-Central Branch. Therefore, WWW will need to change its meeting dates. Library staff advised the Board that we should not have a problem reserving a room on Tuesdays. The WWW Board will soon apply to reserve the large meeting room at the branch on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 beginning in January of 2020. We look forward to the opportunity to gather in a newer, larger facility.

If our application for a new meeting place is approved by the library late in November, we will send final notification to WWW members about the changes in dates and venue.

 

 

October Meeting and Readings

Twelve members were in attendance. We had two visitors.

 

Member Readings:

Linda Yewell – Essay – “Why I Like Monster Movies”

Clea D Lewis – Chapter 4 & 5 of her murder mystery Novel – The Flower Garden

Alisa Childress – Essay – “A Meditation on Anxiety”

Joan Dubay – From a collection of essays Overground Railroad – “McAllen, Texas, Port of Entry” – April 2, 2019 and “Fatima and Estuardo” – September 26, 2019

Erin Wedemeyer – Short Story – fantasy “Legends”

Ginger Harrell – Essay Part I: In the Beginning – (Currently undecided on an official title.)

Diane Cruze – Poem -“The Problem With No Name”

 

WWW Holiday Luncheon

The Dutch treat holiday luncheon is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 7, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Highlands Mark’s Feed Store, 1514 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205. Bring a gently used book you have read and gift wrapped in newsprint if you want to participate in our gift exchange.

Registration is required. Register at http://womenwhowrite.com/events/www-holiday-luncheon/

New WWW Featured Member Authors and Publications Webpage

Women Who Write is offering members the opportunity to promote their work on a new WWW Featured Member Authors and Publications webpage. We are a group that works to welcome, educate and support all women who aspire to write. Our vision is to be the “go-to” place for women writers. The new webpage supports this vision by celebrating the accomplishments of our members.

If you would like to be included on our Featured Member Authors and Publications page, You can submit by completing the information form at http://womenwhowrite.com/news/featured-members-publications/

*You must be an active member to participate on the page. WWW reserves the right to exclude publications if the program is oversubscribed for a given period, the works do not rise to a reasonable level of professionalism, or for other reasons consistent with the vision of the organization.

Interested in Hosting a Seasonal Write?

Seasonal Writes events give members an opportunity to bring their laptop or writing tablet and start on that new writing project, revise and edit a piece, or use a writing prompt to jumpstart new writing ideas. It is also an opportunity for members to support each other in their writing pursuits.

We would love for members to volunteer to host a Seasonal Write at their home or at a community location. As the host, you choose the date, place and time for us to gather. Contact a board member if you would like to host a Write.

Upcoming Literary Events

Nov. 10–16 – Kentucky Book Festival features a week full of events for writers and readers, culminating in the Kentucky Book Fair, Nov. 16, at Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington. https://www.kyhumanities.org/programs/kentucky-book-festival

Nov. 16 – Louisville Literary Arts Writer’s Block Festival, Spalding University, Louisville. This event features readings, panels, interviews, open mics, and an exhibitor fair—all for free. Craft workshops and editor/agent pitch sessions are also available for a fee. See details at https://www.louisvilleliteraryarts.org/writers-block-festival

Writing Opportunities


ADA LIMON AUTUMN POETRY CONTEST
$12 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 15, 2019. First place winner receives $500 and publication in New Limestone Review. Second place winner receives $250 & publication in New Limestone Review. Third place winner receives publication in New Limestone Review. All submissions will be considered for publication. Maximum of three poems and seven total pages per submission. More info:
http://newlimestonereview.as.uky.edu/gurney-norman-summer-fiction-prize/

FRONTIER POETRY OPEN
$20 ENTRY FEE. Deadline November 15, 2019. In our pursuit to recognize today’s best poets, we want to celebrate one outstanding piece of poetry, OPEN to all poets, with a $5,000 award and publication. Ten finalists will also receive $100 each, and all winners will earn publication with Frontier Poetry. We look forward to offering this annual prize where emerging and established poets are considered in equal measure. Submissions are open to all poets. More info:
https://www.frontierpoetry.com/poetry-awards/

Sky Island Journal: Issue 11 (Winter 2020) Call for Submissions

Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal dedicated to discovering the finest poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices. We provide over 50,000 readers in 145 countries with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally. We publish quarterly, and our average response time is 9 days. Every submission receives a prompt, respectful, and individualized response detailing what we appreciated. Enjoy our previous issues, and submit for Issue 11 before midnight (CST) on December 31st at www.skyislandjournal.com.

Poetry Anthology Focused on the Environment

Flexible Press is teaming up with Split Rock Review for an anthology that explores the current state of the natural environment through poetry. All proceeds go to an environmental nonprofit. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works OK. No submission fee! Reading period: September 1 to December 31. For guidelines, visit flexiblepub.com or splitrockreview.org/submit.

WOW! Women on Writing Fall 2019 Flash Fiction Contest seeks short fiction of any genre between 250 to 750 words. First prize, $400; top ten stories published in WOW! e-zine. Entry fee, $10. Deadline Nov. 30. https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php

Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction (up to 750 words). First prize, $500. Entry fee, $5. Deadline Dec. 1. http://www.brashcyber.com/mona.htm

Chicken Soup Stories About Christmas
https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics
Deadline January 30, 2020. We are now collecting stories for our HOLIDAY 2020 book and we are looking for stories about the entire December holiday season, including Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year’s festivities, too. We want to hear about your holiday memories and traditions. The rituals of the holiday season give a rhythm to the years and create a foundation for our lives, as we gather with family, with our communities at church, at school, and even at the mall, to share the special spirit of the season, brightening those long winter days. Keep your story to 1,200 words or less. Story must be true. No fiction, no creative writing. If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book, and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in.

 

 

 

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