Opportunities and Announcements: Week of August 4, 2014

We have a few milestones to mention. First, Mud Season Review closed the submission period for the first issue, which will launch on Saturday, September 20th at Hotel Vermont. More than 600 submissions (yes, 600) came through, so we’re bound to launch a terrific debut on 9/20. Second, we’ve closed submissions for the third Hotel Vermont book. Third, we’ve closed submissions for the reading at the Burlington Book Festival. We have, however, extended one deadline, and that’s part of this week’s opportunities and announcements for Vermont writers. 


The deadline for your winter tales has been extended to August 15th. We’re looking for winter and/or holiday themed pieces for Vermont Stage Company’s “Winter Tales,” a production that runs several nights in December and is seen by more than 1,200 people. We need your 2,500-word story or essay. Something light-hearted is best. A professional actor will read it on stage. Send it to: submissions@burlingtonwritersworkshop.com

The Flynn Center is once again looking for bloggers! Please take a look at this and send your first and second choice of shows ASAP. First come, first served.

We’ve posted all our workshops for the month of September and we’ve got some unusual things to offer. Betty Smith-Mastaler of VPR will join us to share her wisdom on the art of radio essays and commentaries; Nate Herzog is back with another Vermont Community Foundation-funded StoryhackVT digital storytelling workshop…and there’s more, so check it out!

We’re still accepting applications for the first-ever BWW writing retreat on August 30th. It’s free. Learn more.

The Salon, published by Ben Aleshire and Honeybee Press, is seeking submissions from Vermont writers. Check out their submission guidelines.

I’ve been told that for our poetry reading at Bridgeside Books in Waterbury, THERE WILL BE WINE. Not for sale, of course. Donations greatly appreciated. RSVP here.

The League of Vermont Writers is looking for volunteers to write bios for authors coming to the Burlington Book Festival. Please contact Deb Fennell if you’re interested: dfennell21@myfairpoint.net


On September 10th, the BWW will hold a community night at Bluebird Barbecue. We need 25 people from the BWW to attend in order for the restaurant to donate to the BWW 10% of the proceeds of the entire evening. My personal goal is to help sales exceed $5,000, which would be $500 for us. That’ll help pay for things like the printing of Mud Season Review and the marketing of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2015. Drinks count, too, and everyone knows writers drink like proverbial fish. RSVP here.

Unfortunately, we did not receive funding for the Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2015 book tour from the Vermont Arts Council. However, we have a very good idea of what can be improved in this application, and I think we’ll be in a strong position next year.

Finally: The BWW is in need of a large, flat-screen computer monitor. Must be fairly large, since we’ll be using it for book designing projects. If you’ve got one to donate, please get in touch. Thanks!

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