Prose Writing Contest: Gulf Coast Journal

Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as online exclusives.

Steve Almond will judge this year’s contest. Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Entries are due August 31, 2015. The $17 entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The folks at Gulf Coast will accept submissions via an online submissions manager and via postal mail.

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March 31: Crafting Fiction

The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship

This presentation offers the rudiments of craftsmanship unique to fiction – basic reference materials, formatting, copy editing, and wording and structure, with a primer on the construction of dialogue.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm. Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room B

Presenter: Tom Glenn, author of Friendly Casualties and No-Account

Missed the Mind Meeting?

brainThe mind was demystified at our October meeting. It was a scientific exploration of self-discovery —  we learned some really cool technical stuff, along with logical reasons why we do what we do. There is always a method to our madness. If you missed the meeting, we’re hoping to schedule another visit with Julia Bates in the spring.

All future meetings will be on the last Tuesday of each month at the Lexington Park Library. Next meeting: Tuesday, November 25 – Critique Group and Write-In at Lexington Park Library.

Maryland Writers Conference 2014

Did you know the Maryland Writers’ Conference is only 30 days away? On April 26th, we have a wonderful line up of local talent with fresh ideas and insider tips.

Our conference committee has been working hard to make this event unforgettable and instrumental for your writing career, no matter what kind of writing you do.

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