Opportunities and Announcements: Week of October 12, 2015

I’ve been getting rejection slips lately. About a month ago, I sent out a short story that I’m pretty confident will be picked up by a reputable publication, but the earliest responses have been polite no-thank-yous.

Some say that when you receive a rejection letter for a particular story or poem, you should send it out to three more places. I haven’t done that; I’d like to take my chances with the dozen magazines now considering my piece and keep working on some other stories. The way I see it: if you aren’t getting rejected, you aren’t trying. So I’m happy to say I’m trying.

I hope you’re still trying, too. Maybe you’re revising your most recent piece or firing it out to publishers. Either way, if you’ve got a success story, send it our way!

Danielle’s away today, so I’m here to let you know about this week’s opportunities and announcements.



A painting by Amanda Vella will be up for auction at the BWW’s silent auction on Friday, November 13th at Hotel Vermont.

We’re holding a SILENT AUCTION on Friday, November 13th at Hotel Vermont. I hope you’ll RSVP and come for a fun evening of drinks, storytelling (there will be stories of some kind—details forthcoming), and bidding on cool stuff to support the BWW.

Speaking of submitting your work, we’re looking for your best for The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2016. Learn more and submit your work here.

We’re also looking for oral storytelling proposals. Think The Moth. Learn more here.

Want to help other people sign up for workshops? Starting in January, we’re going to need a new workshop scheduler. Basically you field emails and sign people up for workshops on a master list inside our WordPress website. Super easy, super important for us. Please do contact us if you’re interested.


You may have heard that our friend and fellow writer Sondra Solomon passed away last month. UVM will be holding a memorial service next week. Learn more here.

I’ll be coming to Vermont next weekend, but I’ll be headed south, to Poultney, where I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Horace Greeley Foundation Writers’ Symposium. Perhaps I’ll see you there? Page one of brochure. Page two of brochure.

Soon the BWW will be creating its budget, and we’ll be doing so with your input. We want you to have a voice when it comes to organizational decisions, so please do let us know if you’ve got ideas for the BWW’s future. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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