Opportunities and Announcements: Week of June 16, 2014

MSR logoMud Season Review, the Burlington Writers Workshop’s literary journal, is now live and accepting submissions from writers all over the world. We’re keeping it simple for now, limiting the publication to one story, one essay, a portfolio of poems, and a piece of art per month, with the official launch date for the first issue of September 20, 2014. Please do help us spread the word and like the page on Facebook.

Mud Season Review’s launch is just one of the many exciting things going on this week. Here are your opportunities and announcements.


Our reading at the Burlington Book Festival this year will be on Sunday, September 21st at 11 a.m., so what better topic to write about for a Sunday morning event than religion? I’m looking for stories, essays, and poems that fall under the “religion” or “spirituality” theme. Write about your own religion or lack thereof. Submit a piece of fiction about religion or dealing with issues of faith. Limit 3,000 words. Send it to submissions@burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.

The History Press is looking for authors to, in their words, “perhaps find some great potential History Press authors.” If you’re interested in writing a local history book, please pitch your idea to Katie Orlando at katie.orlando@historypress.net.

Just a reminder that the League of Vermont Writers is hosting “Writers Meets Agents” on July 19th. I’ll be giving a short talk on the art of giving and receiving feedback, but you’ll likely want to check out all the agents.

I’ll be meeting with the BWW’s financial advisory committee on Monday, June 30th at 4 p.m. Please let me know if you’d like to attend.


As you’ve noticed, we’ve revamped our website. Looks better, doesn’t it? This is the result of a transition from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. It allows us to do more, and the transition wasn’t costly. Thanks to Joe Di Stefano of Okay Plus for helping with the transition!

Jim Gamble was the winner of the tickets to see Patty Griffin at the Flynn Center last weekend. He won because he contributes to the BWW automatically every month, and those who contribute automatically are entered into all our prize drawings. Jim says, “To me, supporting the Burlington Writers Workshop is like supporting my community. We all benefit so much from our individual contributions. It’s more than simply having a space to meet. Our space is an incubator for great ideas, a lab for engendering thoughtful discussion that helps our work grow and mature. I feel being a sustaining contributor to the BWW is sustaining the art and craft of quality writing in Vermont.” Thanks, Jim!

Thanks to Rob Lietar for donating an awesome cabinet to the BWW space. Come by and see it. Rob and I are also working on a new project for the space, but I’ll announce that when we’re closer to finishing it. You’ll like it, I promise.

Cynthia Close published this piece about Rebecca Cummins, Dede Cummings, and other talented women in Vermont Woman Magazine.

Liz Cantrell published this piece about Jenke Arts in Seven Days.

My story, “After Christina,” which was workshopped in July 2013, has been published in South85 Journal.

And finally, we’re hosting our first reading in Montpelier tomorrow night at Bear Pond Books. I hope you can make it. Tell your Mostpeculiar friends!

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