Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Commitment * Contest * Critique

What's in it for you when you register for 
the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop? 

Your commitment buys you Contest opportunities and Critiques

2015 SWA Workshop Contests & Guidelines 
Full information here: Contests

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.

And about the Critiques: 
For Full information, click critiques.

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


1. 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 

2. Each conference member can submit up to 3 manuscripts for evaluation, but ONLY 1 entry per member per evaluation category. 
3. Each manuscript may be submitted to ONLY 1 evaluation category. 
4. Manuscripts must be submitted by EMAIL ONLY. 
5. The submission DEADLINE IS May 15, 2015. NO extensions. 
6. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, including cell publication, Web publication and blogs. If your work is openly available to readers online on a blog or article directory (i.e.:,,, it is considered PUBLISHED. If your manuscript has been critiqued online through membership website that requires members to login to see the work, it is considered UNPUBLISHED. 
7. Simultaneous submissions are OK.

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 are featuring author S.R. (Shelli) Johannes

S.R. is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). She also is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY, a Silver Medalist for YA Fiction, a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Young Adult Fiction, and a Finalist in US Book News Best YA Book. Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, other animal rescue organizations, and by weaving conservation themes into her books. S.R. will teach 3 classes about a YA fiction and evaluate YA fiction manuscripts.

Connect with S.R. Johannes here: S.R. Johannes

SWA Members Shine

Patrick Hempfing had five moMENts  columns (February column Tails of Love and four different reprints) published in the February issue of 13 regional parenting magazines and as a web exclusive for 2 others, spanning 10 states— NY, PA, NC, TN, SC, FL, TX, ID, UT, and CA. 

Erika Hoffman’s article entitled “Why Mindfulness Matters” will be published in the winter 2015-2016 edition of Mature Years.

Roswell Reads 2015: The Distance Between Us

The Roswell Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, The City of Roswell, the Friends of the Roswell Library and the Roswell Reads Committee announce that the novel The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande has been chosen for the Tenth annual Roswell Reads Community Read program. The award-winning author will talk about this book and her writing at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, 770-641-3950. 

Luncheon tickets are $20 each and are available online at or may be purchased in person (no mail-ins) at the Friends of the Roswell Library Bookstore at the Roswell Library. Reserved seating for groups of six or more. 

****Purchase Tickets by Friday, March 6th****  

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