Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Quiz time! And Connections for YOU!



Hey there! 

2015 is moving so fast. The SWA workshop will be here before we know it. Are you ready?

Quiz Time!

First question: How can you win a scholarship to the SWA 40th Anniversary Writers Association Workshop? 

To start things off on a good note, here's the answer to that question:

Submit a 300-word essay on why you should be selected to attend the Fiction
mini-workshop or the Nonfiction mini-workshop. You MUST state which mini-workshop
you want to attend--Fiction mini-workshop (June 20-21) 
or the Non-Fiction mini-workshop (June 22-23)

The entry deadline is midnight on April 15th. The scholarship pays for tuition
only. Please email your entry to DebraAyersBrown@gmail.com with a subject line
of SWA Fiction Scholarship or SWA Nonfiction Scholarship.


Are you ready? Take the quiz and let’s see!

 What is the deadline date to ENTER TO WIN a scholarship to the fiction or nonfiction portion of the workshop?

How many manuscripts of yours can be submitted for FREE for critique after you register for the workshop?

What contests that pay MONEY are open for entries? 

Name as many faculty members for 2015 as you are able.

What is the name of the beautiful island where the workshop is held? 

This is an open-book quiz. Here’s where to find the answers: 







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Patrick Hempfing’s moMENts column titled “Leprechauns, Pots of Gold, and Clovers” was published in the March issue of eleven regional parenting magazines, spanning seven states (NY, OH, NC, SC, TX, ID, and CA).  About Families (PA), South Florida Parenting, and four newspapers (Capital Gazette, Carroll County Times, Orlando Sentinel, and Sun Sentinel) published “Happy Reading.”  His moMENts column has now reached 20 states and two Canadian provinces.

We hope to see you at the SWA workshop in June!

Friday, March 20, 2015

What do you get with SWA?





What does your money buy you when you register for the Southeaster Writers Association 40th Anniversary Workshop? 

Check it out!

Scholarship

Win one of two scholarships to the SWA Writers Workshop!  SWA is offering two scholarships. One for the Fiction mini-workshop (June 20-21) and one for the Non-Fiction mini-workshop (June 22-23)

Just submit a 300-word essay on why you should be selected to attend the Fiction mini-workshop or the Nonfiction mini-workshop. You MUST state which miniworkshop you want to attend.

The entry deadline is midnight on April 15th. The scholarship pays for tuition only. Please email your entry to DebraAyersBrown@gmail.com with a subject line of SWA Fiction Scholarship or SWA Nonfiction Scholarship.

Manuscript Evaluations(Authors must be registered for at least 2 days to submit manuscripts for evaluation.)

GENERAL
 There are 7 evaluation categories:
• Poetry (Evaluator: Chris Tusa)  - No more than 100 lines (one long poem or several short poems)
- Poetry can be single-spaced

• Novel (Evaluator: C. Hope Clark) - The first chapter and a five-page synopsis

• Flash Fiction (Evaluator: Chris Tusa) - Complete manuscript of at least 100 and not more than 500 words 

• Nonfiction (Evaluator: Donald S Vaughan) - The first chapter and a five-page synopsis –OR– Complete manuscript not over 1500 words

• Columns (Evaluator: Darrell Huckaby) - A 1-paragraph description of the column, including the intended media and the target audience, and a 750-word sample column manuscript.

• Memoir (Evaluator: Dana Wildsmith) - The first chapter and a three-page synopsis

• YA Fiction (Evaluator: SR Johannes) - The first chapter and a five-page synopsis 


 The submission DEADLINE IS May 15, 2015. NO extensions.


Contests

2015 SWA Workshop Contests & Guidelines

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel
- The first 10 pages (double-spaced)
- 1-page synopsis
- 1-paragraph "elevator pitch."
- Any genre, literary or mainstream

The Past Presidents’ Romance Award
- The first chapter and a five-page synopsis
- Romance novels only

The GT Youngblood Short Fiction Award
- Complete manuscript not over 3000 words
- Any genre, literary or mainstream

The Microcosm Award
- Fiction of at least 100 and not more than 500 words

The Vega Award for Speculative Short Fiction NEW
- Complete manuscript not over 4000 words.
- Stand-alone novel chapters also accepted
-
Lines of Worth Award
(in honor of Dorothy Williamson Worth and all she did to encourage poets at SWA)
- Each entry should be a collection of three poems, each up to thirty lines, not
including the title.
- Awards will be made to collections.

The Harry Rubin Award for Limericks NEW
- Submit 3 Limericks in standard form

The Julie L. Cannon Award
- Writing which exemplifies the southern spirit preferably in a subtle, nuanced, and
non-stereotypical manner
- 1,000 words or less
- Fiction or nonfiction, NO poetry

The Bill Westhead Memorial Award
- Complete manuscript not over 3000 words
- For the best short story with a subject matter of an event occurring during the
writer's childhood that shaped his/her life.

The Angel Award for Holiday Seasonal Writing
- Short fiction, poetry or essays of 1200 words maximum about the holiday season.

The ThomasMax “You are Published” Contest
- Prize is publication and 25 copies of the book with no obligation to author.
- Manuscript may be submitted in full or only first three chapters.
- A complete synopsis (3 to 10 pages) should accompany all entries. Approximate
word count should be included with synopsis, preferably 40,00 to 90,000 words,
fiction, non-fiction, or a collection of short stories.
- Do not send work currently under consideration by the publisher.
- The standard contract, which will be modified slightly to show that no money is due from the author, can be seen by  clicking here: http://www.thomasmax.com/images/authorcontract.pdf
- Other details are available at http://www.thomasmax.com/contest.htm or send
SASE to “You are Published,” P O Box 250054, Atlanta GA 30325

The Very Merrie Bosom Buddy Award
- Nonfiction up to 750 words about your best friend.
- This poignant true story must make the reader laugh and cry.

The Dr. George L. Sheppard Memorial Award –
- Nonfiction up to 750 words about a supportive sibling.
- This poignant true story must make the reader laugh and cry.

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing
- The piece may be religious or secular.
- It should be wholesome and leave the reader with a “take away” message of
encouragement, hope, comfort, fresh motivation, or renewed spiritual strength.
- Complete manuscript not over 1500 words

The Cappy Award for Humor
- Complete manuscript not over 1000 HILARIOUS words


Manuscripts entered in these contests will not receive evaluations by faculty members. Contests are judged by the contest sponsors. If you want a faculty evaluation, please see Evaluation guidelines



How do you get register? 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Don't miss this opportunity! Scholarship Deadline closing in fast!



APRIL 15th! It's more than a tax deadline. 

It's also the deadline for scholarship entries! 

★☆★ WRITERS ★☆★

Win one of two scholarships to the SWA Writers Workshop!
SWA is offering two scholarships. One for the Fiction mini-workshop (June 20-21)
and one for the Non-Fiction mini-workshop (June 22-23)

Just submit a 300-word essay on why you should be selected to attend the Fiction
mini-workshop or the Nonfiction mini-workshop. You MUST state which miniworkshop
you want to attend.

The entry deadline is midnight on April 15th. The scholarship pays for tuition
only. Please email your entry to DebraAyersBrown@gmail.com with a subject line
of SWA Fiction Scholarship or SWA Nonfiction Scholarship.



JOIN US FOR the 40th SWA Writers Workshop!




Faculty for 2015

Agent-in-Residence: Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation - http://www.fairbankliterary.com/



Publisher: Maria McGaha – Dancing with Bear - http://www.dancingwithbearpublishing.com/



Publisher: CreateSpace - https://www.createspace.com/



Novel: C. Hope Clark - http://chopeclark.com/

Nonfiction: Don Vaughn – http://www.donaldvaughan.net

Poetry & Flash Fiction: Chris Tusa - http://christophertusa.net/wp/

Young Adult: S.R. (Shelli) Johannes - http://www.srjohannes.com/

Columns: Darrell Huckaby - http://www.darrellhuckaby.net/

Memoir: Dana Wildesmith - http://www.danawildsmith.com/







SWA Members SHINE!


Buzz Bernard's newest book is making headlines! Here's an excerpt from Buzz's blog: 

SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN WOLVES

There are no wolves in the southern Appalachians.  There probably haven’t been in over a century.
They do, however, make a guest appearance in my most recent novel, Blizzard.  In the book, I think I adequately explain their presence.  What’s more interesting, perhaps, is how the animals made their way into the story in the first place.
It started in Germany. 


Also, 

Southeastern Writers Association vice president, Buzz Bernard, has won his second "Eppie." SUPERCELL is the winner of the 2015 EPIC eBook Award, Suspense/Thriller category.  Buzz's novel PLAGUE won in the same category last year.

Buzz Bernard, author EYEWALL, PLAGUE, SUPERCELL, BLIZZARD


Don't forget to send in your scholarship submission!







Friday, March 13, 2015

Island retreat. Beautiful views. Writing workshop. SWA has it ALL!



Where will we find you June June 19-23, 2015? 


Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland  offers some advice:

Alice: From the moment I fell down that rabbit hole I've been told where I must go and who I must be. I've been shrunk, stretched, scratched, and stuffed into a teapot. I've been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice but this is *my* dream. *I'll* decide where it goes from here.

If you dream of being a writer, dream of writing success, then Southeastern Writers Association 40th Anniversary Workshop has something for you! Join us on lovely St. Simons Island.

Find out all the details HERE


SWA's faculty bring wisdom, experience, and support. This is your faculty for 2015: 

Agent-in-Residence: Sorche Fairbank – Fairbank Literary Representation 
Publisher: Maria McGaha – Dancing with Bear 
Publisher: CreateSpace 
Novel: C. Hope Clark 
Nonfiction: Don Vaughn 
Poetry & Flash Fiction: Chris Tusa 
Young Adult: S.R. (Shelli) Johannes 
Columns: Darrell Huckaby 
Memoir: Dana Wildesmith 





This week, we're featuring Dana Wildesmith. 

Dana will be teaching memoir writing. 


Dana Wildsmith grew up in south Georgia, the daughter of a Methodist minister who was active in working for social justice. She attended college wherever her Navy husband’s career took them, finally obtaining a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College. In 1999, she returned to her family’s land in north Georgia , where she and her extended family work to preserve a 125-year-old family farm in the midst of encroaching development. She teaches English to adults of many nationalities in the English Literacy Program of the Adult Literacy Program of Lanier Technical College.

In 1992, Wildsmith was named a Poetry Fellow in the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and her second chapbook, Annie, won the Palanquin Press competition of the University Of South Carolina, Aiken. She has worked as a Writer-in-residence for the Devil’s Tower National Monument and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She worked as an Artist In the Schools for the South Carolina Humanities Department. She teaches poetry workshops throughout the United States. Her poems and essays have been widely published in both literary and commercial journals, including Yankee, The Kentucky Poetry Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. She is among the writers featured in the University Press of Kentucky’s Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Her other published works are: Alchemy, Our Bodies Remember, Choices (an audio collection), One Good Hand, and Back to Abnormal

Find out more about Dana and her work HERE