Link of the Week: Writer’s Almanac

The Writer’s Almanac is a daily radio show and podcast that broadcasts quick tidbits of literary history. The show is hosted by Garrison Keillor (American writer and humorist) and is produced by American Public Media. In an effort to read a wider audience, the information is also represented online in blog format. Each day a new poem followed by important birthdays and moments in writing history are posted. Check out the website for inspiration, talking points, and to read about authors you may not have heard of before. The website is a great resource for all publishing students looking to                                                      reconnect with their love of books.

 

1st Annual WNBA National Writing Contest

The WNBA will be reviewing submissions for their 1st annual Writing Contest. The Women’s National Book Association is a dynamic organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Sellers and many others involved in the world of books.

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women, and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. Please send only your highest caliber work.

GUIDELINES:

  • Submission Period:  June 1st – November 1st, 2012
  • Fiction: 2,500 word limit – may be a short story, or a stand alone excerpt from a novel in progress
  • Poetry: 35 line limit – or one page double spaced
  • Previously unpublished work only
  • Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted.
  • Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Winner will be announced April 1st, 2013. Contest results will be posted online at www.wnba-books.org/contest.

JUDGES:

 

Fiction: Valerie Martin. Valerie is an award-winning author (Kafka Prize, Orange Prize) with 9 novels, 3 short story collections, and one biography. Her website is: www.valeriemartinonline.com.

 

 

Poetry: Julie Kane, Poet Laureate, Louisiana, 2011-2013. Julie has authored six books, including three collections of poetry, one volume of non-fiction, and two edited anthologies. Her website is: www.juliekanepoet.com.

 

ENTRY FEE:

Entry: 3 poems or 1 short story

WNBA Members: $10 per entry
Non-Members: $15 per entry

Multiple submissions will be accepted.

PRIZE:

$250 cash prize, and the winning entry will be published in The Bookwoman, the official publication of the Women’s National Book Association, with 10 chapters nationwide. 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention prizes in each category, please see website for details.  Proceeds of the contest will go to support scholarships for writing conferences and other professional development training.

Submissions Link:
wnba.submishmash.com/submit