Writing opportunities abound this week. That’s the good news. The bad news: some of these opportunities expire on August 1st. I hope you’ve got work ready to submit! But if not, that’s fine—one of the worst things a writer can do is submit work that’s not ready for prime time. Take your time—but work steadily!
Here are the opportunities and announcements for this week.
What’s your favorite book about writing? Perhaps it’s an inspirational biography of a writer. Perhaps it’s a how-to. Whatever it is, I’d love to share it on the BWW blog. What’s yours? Write 350-500 words about (1) what the book teaches you and (2) why you find that lesson valuable. DEADLINE: August 4th. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got tales about winter? Submit them for consideration in Vermont Stage Company’s “Winter Tales,” which features uplifting stories that fit the holiday/winter season. These will be read live by an actor on stage in front of a large audience for a week in December. DEADLINE: August 1st. Submit your story in MS Word to: email@example.com
Last call for stories/essays/poems about faith/religion/belief for our Burlington Book Festival reading. We’re looking at this theme because we’ll be reading our work at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 20th. DEADLINE: August 1st. Submit your story in MS Word to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mud Season Review is accepting work for its first issue. Please help spread the word among your writer friends. The deadline to be included in the first issue is (you guessed it) August 1st. Learn more.
You may have heard that we’re offering a writing retreat. That’s true. It’s coming up at the end of August. It’s also free, which is rare for writing retreats. We’ll have more details soon.
Congrats to Sarah Jackson, Neel Tanden, and Mary Ann Fuller Young for having their work selected for the next Hotel Vermont book. And a belated congrats to Michelle Demers, Colleen McLaughlin, Gregory Rosewell, and Liz Cantrell for having work published in the last issue. What’s the Hotel Vermont book, you ask? Learn more here.
We’re hosting our first Vermont Community Foundation-funded Storyhack workshop tomorrow night, so please do join us for some digital storytelling fun. Nate Herzog, who is running the show, says it’s going to be movie night!
Yvonne Daley’s workshop on using research in creative writing has been moved to Thursday, August 21st. Please take note of the new date. We hope to see you there!
That’s all for this week. Thanks again to Cynthia Close for running the show last week and doing a fabulous job of it. I encourage anyone who wants to take over this gig from time to time to please get in touch with me. Helping hands make light work!