Limerick Corner

Here’s something new for us all to play with. Craft a limerick and send it to the editor (aim2write@yahoo.com) for the next issue of WordSmiths. It’s just 5 little lines of fun, and it’s a lot of fun to craft. So put on your thinking caps and start rhyming those lines. Be sure to put “Limerick” in the subject line.

There are no themes, no rules, other than it has to fit the standard limerick format.

Here are three that fell off the pen of Janice Konstantinidis to start us off (send your photo with your poem if you’d like):

A cunning young gopher named Willie,
Thought all human beings were silly.
He waited his chance
Behind a large branch,
Then dug as he pleased, willy-nilly.

A crocodile crossing the Nile
Stopped as he swam, with a smile.
The pharaoh he’d chewed
Was really quite rude;
The croc thought the meal quite worthwhile.

Said Billy the wasp to a flea,
I think you’d taste nice in my tea.”
The flea said to Billy,
In a voice that was shrilly,
I don’t think I really agree.”

From Our Wordsmiths Newsletter – 4 Questions Agents Ask At Pitch Sessions

You’ve gone to a writer’s conference and have signed up to speak face-to-face with an agent. How do you prepare? What questions will you be asked, besides the obvious: What is your current book about?

Here is some sage advice from picture book writer Lisa Katzenberger, who has had some interesting—and surprising—questions thrown at her over the years of her career:

1. Are you working on anything else?

This is one of the standard questions at a pitch session. Agents want to know that you have staying power, that you are serious about writing and that you are not just a one-book wonder. If you don’t have anything else on the writing stove, you just might not be ready for publishing. It is rare for a first manuscript to be published; we learn by doing and each book will be stronger that the one before it.

2. Who are your favorite authors?

From your answer, agents will learn two things. First, who has influenced you, your themes, your style. Do you read modern authors, or only older ones who might not be publishable in today’s market? Secondly, your answer indicates if your are as passionate about reading as you are about writing. A stumble on this question might indicate you dream about writing a book but haven’t done enough reading to understand what makes a good story. Rattling off a list of authors you adore shows you appreciate storytelling, and the lessons you picked up will spill into your own narratives. Make sure you include authors who are hot in the current market along with your sentimental favorites.

3. What kind of writer are you?

This is a wonderful open-ended question. Often agents want to know if your story is character, plot or theme driven. It an be genre-specific. But it can also lead to discussions of writing discipline, consistency, themes explored, etc. How do you describe yourself as a writer? What are the themes you explore, who is your audience, do you envision a series of stand-alones or have you created a world around a series character?

4. Where did this story come from?

Consider not only the trigger that started the idea, but also the deeper layers of where did this story come from inside you. What are the themes of the subplots? What emotions are you trying to convey to your readers? What made you have to tell this particular story?

You may or may not ever be asked these specific questions, but answering them for yourself will help you learn about yourself as a writer and become more thoughtful about the stories you write.

Tomorrow – Dave Congalton and Guy Rathbun (Different Location For July’s Meeting!)

!!! DIFFERENT MEETING LOCATION FOR OUR JULY MEETING!!!

Dear NightWriters and friends, our meeting on July 14th will take place at King David’s Masonic Lodge, 853 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo.

At 6:30pm, our guest speakers Dave Congalton and Guy Rathbun will talk about how to score a radio interview to promote your book—and be invited back!Guy Rathbun

Dave Congalton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will hold our critique round table and writing workshop as well, starting at 5:15pm.

(Our usual location is unavailable to us in July. We will return to our usual location (United Church of Christ on Los Osos Valley Road) in August.)

http://slonightwriters.org/July-2015

July Meeting With Dave Congalton and Guy Rathbun (Different Location – Only In July!!!)

!!! DIFFERENT MEETING LOCATION FOR OUR JULY MEETING!!!

Dear NightWriters and friends, our meeting on July 14th will take place at King David’s Masonic Lodge, 853 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo.

At 6:30pm, our guest speakers Dave Congalton and Guy Rathbun will talk about how to score a radio interview to promote your book—and be invited back!Guy Rathbun

Dave Congalton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will hold our critique round table and writing workshop as well, starting at 5:15pm.

(Our usual location is unavailable to us in July. We will return to our usual location (United Church of Christ on Los Osos Valley Road) in August.)

http://slonightwriters.org/July-2015

From Our Members – Anything Short of Murder by Tony Piazza

Anything Short of Murder

Tony Piazza’s “Anything Short of Murder” read by Broadway actor James Romick has been released on Audible, and is also available on Amazon and i-Tunes.

Anything Short of Murder is a mystery written in the style of the pulp detective thrillers of the 1930s. It follows the investigation of a former LAPD cop who sets up shop in Hollywood during its golden era, when movies began to talk and studio heads were kings.

Happy listening!

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The Golden Quill Awards Contest Rules

26th Annual Golden Quill Awards Writing Contest 2015 Contest Rules

Call For Entries:  Entries accepted beginning April 1, 2015.

Eligibility: All writers from any locale are welcome to submit entries except SLO NightWriters Board members, Contest Committee members, CCWC advisory members and Contest Judges. Entries must be the original unpublished works of the authors and not previously accepted for publication. Co-authored works are not eligible.

Theme: The theme of the 2015 Golden Quill Awards is TRANSFORMATION.  All entries must depict this theme.

Each entry must depict the theme, interpreted as you like.

Categories:
Short Fiction: 1,000 to 1,200 words
Poetry: Up to 40 lines
Flash Fiction: Up to 500 words

Short Fiction and Flash Fiction must comprise a complete story within the word limits.

 Prizes:
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
 Short Fiction and Poetry:

  •  First Place $1,000
  • Second Place $500
  • Third Place $100

 Flash Fiction:

  • First Place $500
  • Second Place $100
  • Third Place $50

A Social Security number is required to process all winning payments and will be asked for after judging is finalized.

Finalists:
All top finalists will receive Finalist Certificates.

Fees and Payments:
Applicants may enter more than one category, and more than one entry in any category, but must pay an entry fee for each entry. Entry fees: Short Fiction and Poetry – $20; Flash Fiction – $15.00

Payment:
Payments are accepted online at http://www.TheGoldenQuillAwards.Com on the Enter Here Link
or at http://www.slonightwriters.org on the Writing Contest Entry Fees button in the left margin. Follow instructions for using either PayPal or your credit card.

Payments may be accepted by check. Make the check payable to: SLO NightWriters and mail to Golden Quill Awards Writing Contest, PO Box 6241, Los Osos, CA 93402. Include a separate sheet with the title of piece(s), category(ies) and author name.

Deadline: 
July 15, 2105. All entries must be received by this date to be eligible. All entries must be paid in full by this date to be eligible.

Judging:
Contest Judges will score each entry. Judging will be blind – the contestant’s name will not be included with the entry. A standardized quantitative scoring sheet will be used by each judge. The decisions of the judges are final.

Please reference the Contest Website http://www.TheGoldenQuillAwards.com Judging Criteria for full detail.

Formatting Instructions:
All entries must follow this formatting in order to be eligible. Submissions that do not comply with these instructions will not qualify for entry:
• All entries must be typed and submitted electronically (contact us for exceptions)
• Use 12-point size Courier, Times New Roman or Ariel type font only
• Use Word .doc or .docx only
• Short Fiction and Flash Fiction must be double-spaced with a minimum of 1” margins all around, and include page numbers
• Poems may be creatively spaced and formatted; include page numbers if needed
• At the top of each page of each entry type the title, entry category and word/line count only
• No identifying information is to be placed on the entry itself
• Each entry must be accompanied by a separate cover page with the following information:

Cover Page:
Each entry must be accompanied by a separate cover page that includes all of the below:
• Author name, first and last
• Title of entry and entry category
• Exact word count for prose; line count for poetry
• Author’s mailing address, phone number and email address
• How and where you heard about this contest

Submission:
Submit entries electronically via email only (contact us for exceptions) to: TheGoldenQuillAwards@gmail.com.
Submit the separate cover sheet with each entry submission.

Entries and cover sheets must be submitted as attachments to the email. Type the entry title and author’s last name on the Subject Line of the email.
Failure to follow formatting instructions or submit a cover sheet will result in disqualification.
Entry fees are not refundable and must be paid prior to entry submission.
Entries will not be returned.
Payment of contest entry fees signifies you have read, understand and agree to the terms of all contest rules.

Notification:

Winning entrants will be notified by September, 2015.

Announcements: 
Winners will be announced at the Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College September 18-20, 2015, and winners will be invited to read their winning entries at the SLO NightWriters Awards Ceremony October 13, 2015.

Publication: All rights belong to the authors.

The Golden Quill Awards, SLO NightWriters and the Central Coast Writers Conference may request permission to announce and publish winning entries on their websites and other media.

Call For New Ideas

Dear NightWriters –

In response to our annual satisfaction survey, one particular request resonated with us. It was a call for new ideas, new leaders and new activities. The board’s response was a unified, loud and clear “YES!” Yes, please!

We would love to see more members joining our board! This is what it’s all about – bringing new ideas to the table, putting a plan of action in place and having a sufficient team to execute it. You all have a set of skills that is invaluable to our organization. Each one of you knows someone who is unknown to us, and that someone might be just the right person for our team.

Some of the tasks are simple and don’t require too much time.

Social Media:

I would love to have a team of social media contributors. If you use Facebook and Twitter a lot and come across interesting content that your writer peers could benefit from, then you can share it with the NightWriters. Our blog is currently being underutilized because I simply don’t have enough time to contribute more. If you are interested, contact me at chmelik.andrea@gmail.com.

Newsletter:

Our editors Susan Tuttle and Elizabeth Roderick would welcome contributors to the newsletter. You can provide them with material monthly, or just once in a while. For more details please contact Susan at aim2write@yahoo.com, or Elizabeth at elizabethroderick@att.net.

Website:

If you are proficient in web design and have ideas (and time) to give our website a facelift, we’d love to hear from you! Give our webmaster Janice Konstantinidis a shout at jkon50@gmail.com.

Publicity:

While most of our publicity at this time happens via social media, there is a number of local newspapers, radio shows and other outlets in which we would like to advertise. Often it’s nothing more than adding an event to the calendar on their website.

As you can see, all of these are simple tasks, yet added together they can become overwhelming. The board members are volunteers. We do what we do in our free time. We welcome new participants with open arms.

Come join us! Our board meetings are held every first Sunday (the upcoming one

July 5th) from 1-3pm and we meet at the same location as our general monthly meetings (United Church of Christ, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo), in the building opposite to the Fellowship Hall. Feel free to join us, ask questions, bring new ideas and some new energy!

We look forward to seeing you and hearing from you!

With thanks,

Andrea Chmelik

SLONW Vice President

July Meeting at a Different Location!

!!! DIFFERENT MEETING LOCATION FOR OUR JULY MEETING!!!

Dear NightWriters and friends, our meeting on July 14th will take place at King David’s Masonic Lodge, 853 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo.

At 6:30pm, our guest speakers Dave Congalton and Guy Rathbun will talk about how to score a radio interview to promote your book—and be invited back!Guy Rathbun

Dave Congalton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will hold our critique round table and writing workshop as well, starting at 5:15pm.

(Our usual location is unavailable to us in July. We will return to our usual location (United Church of Christ on Los Osos Valley Road) in August.)

http://slonightwriters.org/July-2015

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