Chais Voris


Chai (pronounced Shay) Voris is a new fiction writer that made her living  as a technical, business  and training development writer. She is now blessedly retired and decided to start writing for enjoyment. She is a born storyteller or drama queen as her mother likes to put it. Chai  decided to start giving voice to the many characters that roam around in her head (did I mention crazy?) Chai lives on Pine Island with her wife Deborah Hunter, her mother-in law Marjorie Hunter, and her sister-in-law Peggy Richards. She is lucky to also  live across the street from her mother, Melanie and her father (a published author and her inspiration) James Lee Voris.

Chai is currently (2018) President of Pine Island Writers.

Hungry Hill Writing

COMPETITION DEADLINE REMINDER

POETS MEET POLITICS 2018
INTERNATIONAL OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

Dear Poets,

There are just under four weeks until our Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2018 deadline on Saturday April 28th.

We invite entries, worldwide, for poems on any theme related to politics.

We will be awarding a first prize of €500 for each competition, with a second prize of
One week’s accommodation in the Creativity Cabin in Cork, Ireland, ( http://www.thecreativitycabin.com ) and a third prize of €100.

For more details on the judge, entry requirements, other competition details and our entry form, please click here.

Craft Short Fiction Prize

Craft Short Fiction PrizeJudge: Jim Shepard
Contest closes April 30

Welcome to our fiction contest! We are thrilled to have Jim Shepard as the judge for our contest. Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including most recently The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Achievement in Jewish Literature from the American Library Association and the PEN/New England Award for fiction, and five story collections, including his new collection, The World To Come. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.

Three stories will be selected by Jim Shepard from a short list and published in CRAFT, accompanied by an introduction from Shepard and a craft essay from each author. Each of the three stories will also be available as downloadable pdfs. The author of the prize-winning story will receive $2000; the two runners-up will receive $500 and $300, respectively. A short list of finalists will be published online.

More information

MWAThe next Southwest Florida meeting of the Florida MWA will be Saturday, April 14th and will feature author Suzi Weinert. She will discuss her Garage Sale mystery series, her dance with Hollywood, and having her books produced for the Hallmark Channel.

All meetings start at 1pm. We meet in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>

Parking: You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

We will meet for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact me with questions: <author.mljoy@hotmail.com>

Unique Opportunity

We are the beginning stages of setting up at a writers conference. Can you spread the word to your group?
ABCBook4children&Adultsinc will be heading up a writers conference in April 2019.

It will be held at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center. There will be workshops and talks and you can apply to have face time with real agents from NY and around the area. The event will begin on Friday evening, Saturday, and end on Sunday. We are looking into prices now.

There will be 12 – 14 agents at the conference for you to meet and pitch your book to as well as editors and other professionals in their fields. We are looking into well-recognized authors to give talks in the theater.

What I need now is volunteers to be agent assistants. You will be asked to help them get from A to B at the conference. You will also get a chance to meet your assigned agent at a meet and greet at the hotel for about an hour on Friday. The agent will then travel by arranged transport to Luigi’s restaurant on Friday evening for a special reception and back to their hotel. A limited number of places will be available at Luigi’s.

You will meet your assigned agent Saturday morning and see that they get to the cultural center where you will guide them to where they need to be. Again there will be transportation supplied. To be repeated on Sunday if necessary.

There will be maps and timetables given out. This is an opportunity to get to meet an agent and they will get to meet you on a one-to-one personal level. This is not a time to pitch your book. You will need to schedule that with the agent that suits your work the best. We will help you with what agents require from a pitch as time gets closer.

Help us make this a great conference. We need everyone to dig out all your media contacts and send us names, emails, phone numbers, anyone you know from the newspapers or local radio. Also any local publishers information. (I love my excel spreadsheets) We want to spread the word to as many writers as possible.

If you have a printing shop that will sponsor some of the printing in exchange for an ad in the program.

Can you promote the event at your local social club, Kiwanis, Elks, Moose, Masons???? Can I come and give a talk??

This event is for everyone no matter if they still have the book in their head or are a seasoned author, Traditional or Independent.

Let’s have the best conference on the Gulf Coast

DL Havlin and I are the points of contact for any questions. Most questions will be answered as we get more things confirmed. If you have a question please ask. It may be something we have not thought about.

Brenda M. Spalding – Author
http://www.heritagepublishingus.com
http://www.amazon.com/author/brendaspalding

 

Writer's Digest Competitions Writers Digest Self Published Book Award

Deadline May 1, 2018

Ready to write your way to success? It all starts when you enter today!

The decision to self-publish your book is a bold move. It can take an unfathomable amount of time, research and money—maybe even a few sleepless nights. If you’ve self-published your book, you deserve recognition. You deserve to be rewarded for your dedication.

Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards has been recognizing self-published excellence for more than 25 years, and this time around, your book could win big.

Here’s what you could win:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book in the March/April 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A press release from Writer’s Digest, to be sent, along with a copy of your book, to 10 different major publishing review houses
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
  • AND more!

For the chance to earn the prestige you deserve and watch your career soar to new heights, enter Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards

Hard Times Writing Contest

Hard Times Writing Contest

Hard Times Writing Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Writers Workshop of Asheville, NC
Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font).
Multiple entries are accepted. Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for up to three entries.
All contest entries will be returned with judges’ comments. Authors retain all rights. All contests have a $25 entry fee ($20 for members). Fee payable online through PayPal, or by check on money order.
Scroll down for submission instructions.
Awards for all contests:
1st: Choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 50 pages (or 10 poems) line-edited and revised by our editorial staff
2nd: Choice of a 1 night stay at our B&B, 2 free workshops, or 35 pages (or 8 poems) line-edited
3rd: Choice of 1 free workshop, or 25 pages (or 5 poems) line-edited
Up to 10 Honorable Mentions