Thursday, November 15, 2018

Contest Deadline Extended

You now have until November 17 to enter
 the Georgia Poetry Society Contests

The Georgia Poetry Society conducts 7 contests every year in the fall, open to all poets. In addition to earning cash prizes, the top three poems in each contest are published in The Reach of Song, the annual GPS poetry anthology. You don't need to be a member to submit. Submission fees are $2 per poem for members and $3 per poem for nonmembers. 
Entries are needed, and this is your chance to win. The deadline for the entries to be emailed or postmarked is November 17.  
Email submissions are preferred, but mailed submissions are accepted. Winners will  be asked to submit electronic copies for printing in The Reach of Song. More info, at this link: 

Saturday, November 10, 2018


C. Hope Clark, author of mystery series, creator of Funds for Writers, has written an article for and it is a free writing lesson. She writes about problems of beginning writers and gives detailed information on how to cure those problems. Read this. You might learn something that could be very helpful.

"Rather than telling the reader what’s going on, my students could now make the reader experience what the character does, when the character does it, tallying the stimuli in an attempt to reach some sort of summation about that point in the story."  C. Hope Clark

Friday, November 9, 2018

Writers Carol Crawford and Janice Townley Moore to read at The Literary Hour, Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7:00 PM, at the JCC Folk School, Brasstown, NC

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 7:00 PM, John C. Campbell Folk School and NC Writers' Network-West will sponsor The Literary Hour. At this event, NCWN-West members will read at the Keith House on the JCCFS campus, in Brasstown, NC. (The Literary Hour is held on the third Thursday of the month unless otherwise indicated). This reading is free of charge and open to the public. This month's featured readers will be Carol Crawford and Janice Townley Moore.

Carol Crawford has published short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the Southern Humanities Review, Appalachian Heritage, the Concho River Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the Journal of Kentucky Studies, and others. Her latest essay,” Deliveries,” was in the April 2018 issue of Adelaide online magazine. She is owner of Carol Crawford Editing and author of The Habit of Mercy, Poems about Daughters and Mothers

Crawford has taught workshops for the Dahlonega Literary Festival, the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, the Red Clay Writers’ Conference, the Carrollton Writers’ Club, and the Writers’ Circle. She has been program coordinator for the annual Blue Ridge Writers’ Conference since its inception more than twenty years ago. Crawford and her husband live in the north Georgia mountains with three opinionated rescue mutts. Carol is originally from Texas and visits regularly for a fix of big sky, prairie, and sour cream chicken enchiladas. Visit Carol Crawford's website at:

Janice Townley Moore lives in Hayesville, NC, is an Atlanta native and an Associate Professor Emerita of English at Young Harris College.  Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Connecticut Review, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry East, and The Journal of the American Medical Association. Moore's chapbook, Teaching the Robins, was published by Finishing Line Press. Among the anthologies that include her poems are The Bedford Introduction to Literature, and three volumes of: The Southern Poetry Anthology: Contemporary Appalachia, Georgia, and North Carolina from Texas Review Press. 

Moore serves as the coordinator of the North Carolina Writers Network Poetry Critique group and is on the poetry editorial board of The Pharos, publication of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

For more information, please contact Mary Ricketson at

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Poets Joan Ellen Gage and Don Long to be featured at CWPW, Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Moss Memorial Library, Hayesville, NC

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 10:30 AM, Coffee with the Poets and Writers (CWPW) will feature local poets Joan Ellen Gage, and Don Long. This event will be held at the Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson Street, Hayesville, NC. The readings are free and open to the public, and an open mic will follow the readings. CWPW is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network-West.

Joan Ellen Gage is an author of humor and inspiration written from her own unique perspective. Her recipe for her writing focuses on staying upbeat and laughing at her own foibles. Joan’s photos are the spice in the mix that serve to punctuate the writing and add that special garnish to her creations. 

Joan has written and published five books: Water Running Downhill!, Embracing Your Inner Cheerleader!, A Redhead Looks At 60, Trinity's Adventures in Imagination, and a special edition of Water Running Downhill! the Rose Edition, as a tribute to her friend Rose Macedo Kull. All books are available as eBooks. Additionally, Ms. Gage has two blogs, Traveling at the Speed of Now, and A redhead blogs at 60, at Gage is working on a new book entitled, Words of Defiance and Empowerment.

Gage is a member of her area’s writing group, NC Writers’ Network-West, serving as the administrator for their blog. 

Donald Long is a retired army Lieutenant Colonel. He flew helicopters and airplanes, and had two tours in Vietnam. Upon retiring, he worked with the Federal Government as a Safety Professional. 

Starting in his teen years and all throughout his adult life Long has written poems, mostly for his consumption, but occasionally on request, for personnel at special occasions during his careers. For a short while after retiring from the Army he had a business called “People Poems” writing poems for others for a fee after they provided him with pertinent information. Although the business was doing well, his second career necessitated that he close it.

Long writes poems for personal reasons and likes to make them rhyme. One of his poems, “I’m Glad It’s Mine” has been used during citizenship swearing-in ceremonies in central Florida and for central Florida Flag Day ceremonies.  Another poem about being a Vietnam Veteran was featured at the 2013 Florida “Convention” for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots.  One story about his Vietnam Experience entitled “Combat in Chump Valley” has been published in two different military related anthologies, The Harsh and The Heart and Vietnam Helicopter Crew Member Stories, Volume 2.  The story has also been featured in the VHPA Aviator Magazine. Long’s other hobby is genealogy.

For more information, please contact Glenda Beall at

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Author Loren Leith wins Royal Palm Literary Award for Unpublished Nonfiction Short Story Genre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.  October 26, 2018.  The Florida Writers Association, Inc., (FWA) has announced that Loren Leith of Andrews, North Carolina won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA). Leith’s winning entry, Basement Level, won First Place for Unpublished Nonfiction Short Story Genre.
The award was announced at FWA’s recent four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs, Florida. This annual competition, which received 420 qualified submissions, was RPLA’s seventeenth.
“This is the most competitive RPLA we’ve ever had,” said Chris Coward, RPLA chairperson. “The RPLA administrative team, judges, and entrants did an amazing job.”
In all, the competition covered 26 adult genres and 5 Youth genres, with published and unpublished entries considered separately. There were five grand awards, as well.
·         Published Book of the Year: Beached, Mystery OR Crime, by Micki Browning
·         Unpublished Book of the Year: Downhill Fast, Thriller OR Suspense, by Dana J. Summers
·         Best Children’s Book: Citrus Green, Middle-Grade Fiction, by Annette Masters
·         The Dahris Clair Memorial Award for Plays: Hamlet, Reimagined, by Walter Joseph Schenck, Jr.
·         The Candice Coghill Memorial Award for the best youth entry: “Michael,” Poetry, by Samantha Leslie in the 12-15 age category
“A win at any level can help any writer market their manuscript or published book, and the detailed feedback from the judges is invaluable for all entrants,” Ms. Coward said.
The Florida Writers Association, 1,500 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public.
The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.
For additional information, visit the FWA website:, where you’ll also find more about RPLA and the complete list of 2018 winners.
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