Writing the West in Albuquerque

I just returned from the 18th annual Women Writing the West conference, held this year in Albuquerque, NM. This is always the highlight of my writing year, traveling to a new state each year, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

WWW is a great support group, a non-profit association of women and men writing and promoting the Women’s West. As our website states: “Our stories are set in the Western United States — past and present — but our organization considers the “West” as more than a geographic location. The West represents a way of thinking, a sense of adventure, a willingness to cross into a new frontier.”

Our organization gives the WILLA Literary Award in several categories, one that I’m proud to say I won last year in Young Adult fiction. If you’ve published a book featuring a woman or girl set in the west in 2012, you are eligible to enter this prestigious contest.

As I left home last week to catch a plane to NM, I was greeted by the most beautiful sunrise. Unfortunately, I was driving on the freeway and wasn’t able to stop to take a picture. As the sun painted the horizon with burnt-orange brush strokes, a low-lying sea of fog hung over the water, indigo trees and mountains rising from it. It was a good omen for a good conference weekend.

I landed in Albuquerque to an equally spectacular sunset, which I was able to capture through the plane window.

At the conference, I heard a moving, inspirational keynote presentation by Susan Tweit on “Writing from the Heart” and met Anne Hillerman, daughter of novelist Tony Hillerman, and best-selling author Sandra Dallas (a WILLA Award winner). I also did a practice interview in front of the camera with Laureen Pepersack, which turned out not as terrifying as I thought it might!

After the conference, I had enough time to browse Old Town Albuquerque.

Our conference location, the Hotel Albuquerque:

A lovely weekend, filled with sunshine, friendship, information and support! We’re already planning next year’s event in Kansas City, MO!

Writers on the Move

ballonsDuring November, VBT – Writers on the Move is having its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! For those who don’t know what VBT is, it’s the Virtual Blog Tour gang and do they EVER have a fantastic party lined up.

To celebrate this accomplishment, we are having a STUPENDOUS Blogaversary Tour! I am featured first at Dianne Sagan’s blog.

Daily postings and daily prizes! But, that’s not all, we’re still having our Mystery Site Giveaway: the Anniversary PRIZE is a $25 (US) GIFT CARD.

Visit the VBT – Writers on the Move blogsite for all the details.
http://vbt-writersonthemove.blogspot.com

AND THAT’S NOT ALL:

Don’t forget to check back right here on Wednesday, Nov. 4 for Craig Lancaster’s guest post on “Writing the West Into a Story.”

Writing Contests

Here’s a list of writing contests, courtesy of oncewritten.com Good luck!

SA Writers College Short Story Competition

Short Fiction (2,000 words, unpublished)
R2000 and online writing course; No Fee

SA Writers College Short Story Competition Guidelines

May 1, 2009

The Bridge Poetry Contest 2009

Poetry (3 poems, max.)
Award: $400; Fee: $20

The Bridge Poetry Contest 2009 Guidelines

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Fiction Contest

Short Fiction (3,500 words, max.; unpublished)
Award: $500 (CAD) & publication; Fee: $25

The Malahat Review Far Horizons Fiction Contest Guidelines

Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards

MS (self published)
$3,000; Fee: $100

Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards Guidelines

May 14, 2009

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest

Short Fiction (100 words, max, unpublished)
Award: $500; Fee: $15

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest Guidelines

For the Love of Nature

Poetry, Short Fiction, Essay (Nature-themed, unpublished)
Award: $300; Fee: $10

For the Love of Nature Guidelines

May 15, 2009

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Scripts
Award: $3,000 & trip to New York; Fee: $15+

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Guidelines

May 31, 2009

Rail Awards 2009

Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry
Award: $200; Fee: $10

Rail Awards 2009 Guidelines

June 1, 2009

Fred Bonnie Memorial Award for First Novel

MS Fiction (unpublished)
Award: $1,500 advance; Fee: $40

Fred Bonnie Memorial Award for First Novel Guidelines

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