Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scholarship, Mentorship, and Friendship=SWA


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 with a subject line
of SWA Fiction Scholarship or SWA Nonfiction Scholarship.

Learn more HERE


Established authors will critique your work. Learn more HERE
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 Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, including cell publication, Web publication and blogs.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has been critiqued online through membership website that requires members to login to see the work, it is considered UNPUBLISHED.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.


Writers need other writers. No one else understands a writer like another writer. Family may love you, but often they don't understand your staring off into space, whispers to people who are not visible, and need to scribble things ideas at a moments notice. 

I am honored when another member of SWA calls me, sends me an email, or connects with me on social media seeking information about something about writing. I cheer for the accomplishments of SWA members. Their successes inspire me. 

I'm blessed to have made life-long friends from the first time I ever attended SWA. 

And, I look forward to forging new friendships this June. 

Learn more about the Southeastern Writers Association HERE

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