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Letter from the Director — December 2019

Next WWW Meeting

Our next WWW meeting is December 5th  at 6:30 at the Mid-City Mall Public Library Branch. If you plan to read, please remember to bring copies of your work for members to provide feedback.

 

WWW Meetings are Moving

After years of uncertainty as to whether the Mid-City Mall Library Branch would be closed, the WWW Board has decided to move our meetings to 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 had to change our meeting day to the first Tuesday of the month. The WWW Board has reserved large meeting room at the branch on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 beginning January 7, 2020. We look forward to the opportunity to gather in a newer, larger facility.

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

December 8 – Boom Project: Voices of a Generation will host a program titled, OKAY BOOMERS! This is a fun-loving response to the shorthand, #okboomer, which is a “clap back” for Boomer errors. The Boom Project editors, WWW members Kim Crum and Bonnie Omer Johnson, have chosen to embrace this idiom with a reading that will include an open mic for persons of any age who wish to respond to #okboomer (or boomers in general). The fun begins at 6:30 PM in the lounge at The Bard’s Town, beginning with 5-7 open mic readings of not more than 5 minutes each. Writers featured in The Boom Project book will read excerpts from the book OR a separate piece responding to #okayboomer. Persons with open mic entries will need to submit their names in a hat by 6:30 PM. This reading is open to all genres of all generations!

December 12 – Louisville Literary Arts InKY Reading Series: featuring Katy Yocom & Michael Washburn at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205. 7:00 PM (6:30 open mic sign-ups) Free

December 13 – 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Louisville Literary Arts workshop: Writing About Place at The J-Town Beach House (Books, coffee, & ice cream), 10315 Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY 40299. Cost: $40/$30 for LLA members.

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/

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.

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.

SHERWOOD ANDERSON FICTION PRIZE
https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 15, 2019. First prize $1,000 and publication. Limit 6,000 words. 

JAMES WRIGHT POETRY PRIZE
https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/fallcontests/
$10 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 15, 2019. First prize $1,000 and publication. Limit three poems. 

ICELAND WRITER’S RETREAT PRIZE
https://www.icelandwritersretreat.com/win-spot-iceland-writers-retreat-2019-3/
NO ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 16, 2019. We have partnered with the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel to offer one person a free spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat in April-May 2020.  The winner will receive admission to all events for the Iceland Writers Retreat, as well as four nights accommodation at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel. Submit a 350-word story, essay or poem inspired by this photo, which we’ve captioned: “Iceland: ethereal, exhilarating, sublime.” Given that our competition is to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat, we recommend that you mention Iceland somewhere in your entry. The prize does NOT include airfare to Iceland, airport transfers, or any expenses not itemized in the delegate description.

THE DANAHY FICTION PRIZE
https://tampareview.org/the-danahy-fiction-prize/
$20 ENTRY FEE, Deadline December 31, 2019. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Tampa Review. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished short fiction. We generally prefer manuscripts between 500 and 5,000 words. Winner receives $1,000 and publication.

GEORGE GARRETT FICTION PRIZE
https://texasreview.submittable.com/submit/1487/the-george-garrett-fiction-prize
$28 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 31, 2019. Winner receives a $1,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book. Open to anyone writing in English. Manuscripts may be novels or short story collections with a total word count of between 40,000 and 120,000 words.

BOULEVARD SHORT FICTION CONTEST FOR EMERGING WRITERS
https://boulevardmagazine.org/short-fiction-contest/
$16 ENTRY FEE. Deadline December 31, 2019. Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers is only open people who have not yet published a book of fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction with a nationally distributed press. Stories may be up to 8,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Winner receives $1,500 and publication.

 

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