APRIL NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
April 2, 2014
Volume 4 Issue 10

From the President:

Are we finally into Spring? What a winter, huh? Hopefully everyone’s been working hard on their queries, if applicable, and their goals for this month! Be thinking of what you’d like to accomplish for the next month as well and be ready to mark it down at Thursday’s meeting!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events/Opportunities:

Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, April 3rd, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Our guest speaker will be Watt Key. Watt Key is an award-winning southern fiction wrtier. His debut novel, ALABAMA MOON, was released to national acclaim in 2006, won the prestigious E.B. White Read-Aloud Award and has been published in eight languages. A feature film by the same name was produced in 2010 starring John Goodman and Jimmy Bennet for which Watt wrote the screenplay. His follow-up novel, DIRT ROAD HOME, was released in 2010 both domestically and internationally. His next novel, FOURMILE, released in September of 2012. Watt also wrote the original screenplay for the feature film LA DIRT starring Michael Roark and Tracy Lawrence. In addition to his novels and screenplays, Watt writes fiction and nonfiction articles for both local and nationally distributed publications.

Taking officer nominations! We only have two meetings left before the end of our term, so if you have anyone in mind to nominate as an officer, please do so by either posting it in our private group on facebook, or in person at Thursday’s meeting. The positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please note that the VP is in charge of programming for the year, so keep that in mind.

Are you a writer? A poet? Sense wants to hear from you! Sense, a local magazine, welcomes short fiction, essays, humor and poetry submissions. Submit your edgy, eclectic work to editor@thesenseofitall.com and it could be published in the next issue of Sense!

The Third Annual Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing Contest

We didn’t receive any entries last fall, so we’re trying again, and already have several entries, yay! Below are the details–please reach out to any eligible young writer and encourage them to enter!

  • SHORT STORY contest open to all students grades 6-12th in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
  • Entries must be between 500-2500 words, and will be rated based on plot structure, grammar/spelling, and originality.
  • No foul language, adult content, or unnecessary violence permitted.
  • Include your name, grade, school/homeschool covering, and story in the body of an e-mail (paste your story in the e-mail below your information), mark “WRITING CONTEST” in the subject line, and send to wonderwegian@gmail.com. Deadline for entries is midnight, on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
  • Failure to follow all directions will result in disqualification.
  • Finalist will be notified via e-mail, and winners will be awarded their prizes on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6pm in the meeting room of the West Regional Library.
  • Two categories for judging: Middle School (6-8th grades) and High School (9-12th grades), with first, second, and third place winners in both categories.
    Prizes include cash ($25 first place, $15 second place, and $10 third place), a professional critique of the short story, and on-line publication for winners in both categories (with parental permission.)

abfThe Alabama Book Festival (ABF) seeks volunteers for this year’s event. The Festival will take place on Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery. Volunteers are needed throughout the day. ABF 2014 will showcase approximately sixty authors and presenters, including nationally recognized writers, book artists, printers, publishers, book sellers, and performers. As always, the Book Fest will feature books about history, music, and other nonfiction sujects. It will also showcase fiction, poetry, children’s books, and other genres. The theme for 2014 is The Year of Alabama Parks. For more information, contact Robby Cole, Volunteer Coordinator, Alabama Book Festival at 667-777-2793 or alabamabookfestival@gmail.com. Website: http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/welcome.html

Member News:

Congratulations to member Joyce Scarbrough for her re-release of her book Symmetry! See her blog for more details!

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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MARCH NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
March 4, 2014
Volume 4 Issue 9

From the President:

Okay, yeah, don’t expect much coherence from me–we’re just pulling out of the tailspin that is Mardi Gras. So just know I’m rooting for you on your writing! And if there’s still time to complete your monthly goal for Thursday–go you!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events/Opportunities:

Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, March 6th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. We will be holding Perfecting Your Query Letter + Submission Strategies. Angela Quarles will lead the presentation and will go over what makes a good query letter, where to find help, as well as submission strategies. We will also critique three members queries.

Are you a writer? A poet? Sense wants to hear from you! Sense, a local magazine, welcomes short fiction, essays, humor and poetry submissions. Submit your edgy, eclectic work to editor@thesenseofitall.com and it could be published in the next issue of Sense!

On March 15, 2014, the Metro Mobile Reading Council will have their first Teen Writing Fair and Workshop at the West Regional Branch Library. Students will get to meet published authors, and to talk with people who make their living from writing for newspapers, magazines, websites, and as published authors. Students will participate in writing activities and discussions. Refreshments will be served. The first edition of the Mobile Teen Literary Magazine will also be unveiled at this program. All students in Mobile and Baldwin County in grades 7-12 as of the 2013-2014 school year are eligible to submit writing for this inaugural magazine. Submissions for the magazine might include poetry, essays, short stories, digital photography, and drawings. All photography will be printed in black and white and will be used to illustrate other students’ published submissions. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 17, 2014. For more info, contact asloke@mcpss.com, shclinton@gmail.com, or gillespiee@gmail.com

Springmingle is March 28-30, 2014! This is the annual spring conference of the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle), with workshops and sessions with agents, authors, and editors. It’s a great opportunity for writers and illustrators to learn the skills they need to get published, as well as network with other writers, illustrators, and industry professions. Highlights of this year’s conference include a one-day writing intensive workshop on plotting, led by editor Cheryl Klein, and Agent One-on-One opportunities with literary agent Ammi-Joam Paquette. Other faculty include Lucy Ruth Cummins, Art Director Simon & Schuster; Cheryl Willis Hudson, Creative Director Just Us Books; Ruth Sanderson, Author/Illustrator; Agent, and Jo Kittinger, Award-Winning Author.
When: March 28-30, 2014
Where: The Atlanta Marriott Century Center in the Atlanta area
Details: southern-breeze.scbwi.org.

abfThe Alabama Book Festival (ABF) seeks volunteers for this year’s event. The Festival will take place on Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery. Volunteers are needed throughout the day. ABF 2014 will showcase approximately sixty authors and presenters, including nationally recognized writers, book artists, printers, publishers, book sellers, and performers. As always, the Book Fest will feature books about history, music, and other nonfiction sujects. It will also showcase fiction, poetry, children’s books, and other genres. The theme for 2014 is The Year of Alabama Parks. For more information, contact Robby Cole, Volunteer Coordinator, Alabama Book Festival at 667-777-2793 or alabamabookfestival@gmail.com. Website: http://www.alabamabookfestival.org/welcome.html

Member News:

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
February 4, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 8

From the President:

It’s that time of the month! How did everyone fare during Storm Leon? Unable to go to work for 2 1/2 days, I got some revising done! Is everyone on track with their monthly goals? I’d been in a kind of a slump lately (okay since October, jeesh) and the longer I put off picking this manuscript up, the more overwhelming it became. Finally, I just decided to take it one hour at a time, and even though I was revising, not writing, I jumped onto twitter and did a #1k1hr sprint with another writer. I can’t tell you how much just sitting down, no excuses, and doing what I could for a given period of time helped me get out of my slump. One hour turned to three, and then I’ve been back in the groove since. So if you find that your enthusiasm has died a slow and painful death in the face of the amount of revising you have to do, just take a step back and take it one time-chunk at a time.

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events/Opportunities:

Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, February 6th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. We will be doing our popular Speed Critique session. For those wishing to participate, bring one (1) page printed, Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced with 1-inch margins of your WIP and we will set the room up like speed dating. Except in this scenario, you will exchange your page with your partner and you’ll have five minutes to read each other’s page and give constructive feedback! When the timer’s up, you’ll switch partners! It’s a great way to see if the mood and tone is coming across like you hoped, or if it grabs a reader enough.

Are you a writer? A poet? Sense wants to hear from you! Sense, a local magazine, welcomes short fiction, essays, humor and poetry submissions. Submit your edgy, eclectic work to editor@thesenseofitall.com and it could be published in the next issue of Sense!

LilliAnne Long will have a signing for her book Waystations at Barnes and Noble on Feb 8.

The next meeting of the Baldwin Writer’s Guild is Saturday, February 15th, at the Daphne Public Library (10 a.m. till 12 noon). Their speaker will be MWG’s own Joyce Scarbrough. “In keeping with Valentine’s Day, try and wear something red. Red is not only a power color but a passionate color as well. Come and enjoy the fellowship of fellow writers and good food. And maybe a few surprises. I hear the results of Cupid’s arrows will be evident that day in our writing. It’s a given that his aim is sometimes erratic and unpredictable, so you never know where his arrows will land or who they will hit.”

Class opportunity–Creative Writing: Introduction to Fiction. In this class you will learn to weave together character, plot, point of view, voice, scenes, settings, narrative and dialogue. For registration and additional information contact: Instructor: Mahala Church – 251-287-2728. Class date:  February 14 – March 7 (Fridays) Time: 9-11 a.m.
Duration: 4 weeks Location: Fairhope United Methodist Church Price: $36.00

On March 15, 2014, the Metro Mobile Reading Council will have their first Teen Writing Fair and Workshop at the West Regional Branch Library. Students will get to meet published authors, and to talk with people who make their living from writing for newspapers, magazines, websites, and as published authors. Students will participate in writing activities and discussions. Refreshments will be served. The first edition of the Mobile Teen Literary Magazine will also be unveiled at this program. All students in Mobile and Baldwin County in grades 7-12 as of the 2013-2014 school year are eligible to submit writing for this inaugural magazine. Submissions for the magazine might include poetry, essays, short stories, digital photography, and drawings. All photography will be printed in black and white and will be used to illustrate other students’ published submissions. The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 17, 2014. For more info, contact asloke@mcpss.com, shclinton@gmail.com, or gillespiee@gmail.com

Springmingle is March 28-30, 2014! This is the annual spring conference of the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle), with workshops and sessions with agents, authors, and editors. It’s a great opportunity for writers and illustrators to learn the skills they need to get published, as well as network with other writers, illustrators, and industry professions. Highlights of this year’s conference include a one-day writing intensive workshop on plotting, led by editor Cheryl Klein, and Agent One-on-One opportunities with literary agent Ammi-Joam Paquette. Other faculty include Lucy Ruth Cummins, Art Director Simon & Schuster; Cheryl Willis Hudson, Creative Director Just Us Books; Ruth Sanderson, Author/Illustrator; Agent, and Jo Kittinger, Award-Winning Author.
When: March 28-30, 2014
Where: The Atlanta Marriott Century Center in the Atlanta area
Details: southern-breeze.scbwi.org.

Member News:

Marilyn (cj) and Mahala Church are organizing their 2014 calendar for their blog, Lyrical Pens, and would be pleased if you would write a piece for them in the new year. Guest posts give you the opportunity to showcase your talent and pitch your latest project while driving traffic to your publications as well as your own website and blog. We will be happy to include your picture, bio, and a picture(s) of your book. Reach out to Mahala for more information: mahalachurch@gmail.com

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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JANUARY NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
December 31, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 7

From the President:

Happy New Year (almost)! I hope everyone has survived the holiday with their sanity intact, if not their waistline! As we start the new year, think about all you’ve accomplished in this past year in your writing and give yourself recognition for it. This is what you enjoy, what you want to do, and you worked hard to incorporate it into your busy life. Also, look forward and make some tangible goals for this new year that you have control over and can accomplish. In addition to goals, see if there’s an aspect of your writing life in general that you’d like to improve upon and take the steps to see it through, whether it’s waking up a half hour earlier to get in some writing, or putting in more effort in branding your author profile in social media. Let’s blow this new year out of the water, everyone!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events/Opportunities:

Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, January 2nd, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Our Guest Speaker will be Patrick Haggerty. He will be presenting “Introduction to Scrivener.” Learn about this effective writing tool and ditch your Word processing software for good! Scrivener can be difficult for beginners to dive into, so Mr. Haggerty will show us how to get started and share tips. Scrivener has a free trial download if you’d like to take a preview before the class so you can come armed with questions: http://www.literatureandlatte.com/index.php. Patrick Haggerty is the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Are you a writer? A poet? Sense wants to hear from you! Sense, a local magazine, welcomes short fiction, essays, humor and poetry submissions. Submit your edgy, eclectic work to editor@thesenseofitall.com and it could be published in the next issue of Sense!

For an upcoming project, State of the Re:Union is partnering with the multimedia platform Cowbird and the interactive documentary Hollow to explore rural America. More Americans are leaving rural areas for cities, but behind that movement, there’s a whole collection of individual experiences. “We want to gather those stories: of people who left their hometowns, but also of people who have stayed or returned. To do this, we’re inviting people across the country to share their stories through writing, images, or sound–or all three. We’ll collect these stories on Cowbird’s website. Cowbird is designed for anyone to join and participate: it’s easy to upload images, text, and sound. For those who don’t have access to online platforms, we have other options for submitting stories. This isn’t a huge commitment. Written stories are short: just 50-250 words. We’re asking you to choose one of these prompts: What’s THE ONE THING about your town… that made you stay? That made you leave? That made you… return? Through the diverse stories of people in America’s hollers, backwoods, and ranches, we hope to paint a larger picture. Participants could find their town featured in SOTRU’s 2014 season. This project is officially launching in January. But before then, we’re reaching out to a few people to get it rolling. We think you might be able to help us.” For more information, go to NPR’s State of the Re:Union website: http://stateofthereunion.com

Member News:

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

 

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
December 3, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 6

From the President:

Argh! I’d typed out a whole inspirational post on post NaNo and hit publish, and WordPress reverted to November’s post? Anyway, I’ll try to recreate it, but you know how that goes. Congratulations to all who participated and/or finished NaNoWriMo this year. That is a huge accomplishment that will pay dividends down the road as you learned more about yourself as a writer. Also, we’re entering the busy holiday season now, so try to stay sane! Happy Holidays!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

Our next monthly meeting is this THURSDAY, December 5th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. Our Guest Speaker will be Linda Busby Parker. She will be presenting “Emotions and Tension in Creating Fiction.” In both a short story or a novel, conflict must be introduced early—very early. The conflict can be within the character, between characters, inherent in a particular situation, or within the environment; or conflict could be embedded in all of these things. In this discussion, we’ll look specifically at how the writer creates tension via emotions.

About Ms. Parker:
-author of SEVEN LAURELS, a novel, which won the James Jones First Novel Award and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction.
-served as a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers Conference and a Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf.
–served as a book reviewer for the San Diego Union Tribune and the Mobile Press Register.
–Some of her pieces on the craft of writing have been published in WRITER’S DIGEST and in THE WRITER.
–Her short stories have appeared in CONFLUENCE, BIG MUDDY, ORACLE, and LITERARY MOBILE.
–an adjunct professor in the Department of English at the University of South Alabama and serves as a mentor in The Writer’s Loft, Middle Tennessee State University (Department of English continuing education).
–currently working on two novels: JOURNEY TO A FIFTH SEASON (Literary Fiction) and OLIVER’S SONG (Commercial Fiction).

Great opportunity for Jim Henson fans! From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group will be accepting writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search is open to all professional and aspiring professional writers. More info: http://www.darkcrystal.com/authorquest/

The Heather Graham’s Eighth Annual Writers for New Orleans Workshop will be held at Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 13 – 15, 2013 with agent pitches and workshops. For more info, visit: http://www.writersforneworleans.com/

Member News:

Congratulations to member Stephanie Lawton! Today is the release date for her new book “Shelf Life,” a New Adult book! For more info, visit her post today: http://stephanielawton.com/2013/12/03/book-birthday-shelf-life-is-here/

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

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The Write Stuff
The Official Newsletter of Mobile Writers Guild
November 6, 2013
Volume 4 Issue 5

From the President:

It’s November, which means it’s NaNoWriMo time. I’m not participating this year, but for those who are, I wish you very nimble fingers and a nimble and creative muse! I hope you’ve been able to reach your goals each day, but if not, do not despair, you can catch up by degrees. Don’t look at how much you have still to write in order to be caught up, just write a little more than the goal (1667) each day to whittle down the deficit and soon you won’t be that far behind. You could then catch up with an extra sprint!

-Angela Trigg w/a Angela Quarles
2013-2014 MWG President

Upcoming Events:

Our next monthly meeting is THURSDAY, November 7th, in the first floor meeting room of the West Regional Library from 6-7:30pm. We will be doing our ever popular Speed Critique! For those wishing to participate, bring one (1) page printed, Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced with 1-inch margins of your WIP and we will set the room up like speed dating. Except in this scenario, you will exchange your page with your partner and you’ll have five minutes to read each other’s page and give constructive feedback! When the timer’s up, you’ll switch partners! It’s a great way to see if the mood and tone is coming across like you hoped, or if it grabs a reader enough.

The Third Annual Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing Contest

  • Short story contest open to all students grades 6-12th in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
  • Entries must be between 500-2500 words, and will be rated based on plot structure, grammar/spelling, and originality.
  • Include your name, grade, school, and story in the body of an e-mail to mwgyoungauthors@gmail.com
  • Deadline is midnight, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
  • Winners will be announced and awarded their prizes on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6pm in the meeting room of the West Regional Library.
  • Two categories for judging: Middle School and High School.
  • First, second, and third place winners in both categories.
  • Prizes include cash ($25 first place, $15 second place, and $10 third place) and on-line publication for winners in both categories.

Great opportunity for Jim Henson fans! From October 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2013, The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group will be accepting writing submissions to find the author for a new novel set in the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This author search is open to all professional and aspiring professional writers. More info: http://www.darkcrystal.com/authorquest/

The Heather Graham’s Eighth Annual Writers for New Orleans Workshop will be held at Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 13 – 15, 2013 with agent pitches and workshops. For more info, visit: http://www.writersforneworleans.com/

Member News:

Marilyn Johnston has an essay on Dauphin Island in the Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism booklet scheduled for release in November. Congratulations!

Continue to send in your writing news and author events to mobilewritersguild@gmail.com so we can share your milestones with the community.

MWG Needs:

Be sure to support our new officers!

Where to find us:

www.mobilewritersguild.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Mobile-Writers-Guild/132422949536?ref=hnav
On Twitter: @MobileWriters
Email: mobilewritersguild@gmail.com

Remember that comments, suggestions, and questions are welcome—both online and at the meetings. Thanks for your continued support!

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The Third Annual Tracy Hurley Memorial Writing Contest

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  • Short story contest open to all students grades 6-12th in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
  • Entries must be between 500-2500 words, and will be rated based on plot structure, grammar/spelling, and originality.
  • Include your name, grade, school, and story in the body of an e-mail to mwgyoungauthors@gmail.com 
  • Deadline is midnight, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
  • Winners will be announced and awarded their prizes on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6pm in the meeting room of the West Regional Library.
  • Two categories for judging: Middle School and High School.
  • First, second, and third place winners in both categories.
  • Prizes include cash ($25 first place, $15 second place, and $10 third place) and on-line publication for winners in both categories.

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