SAN ANTONIO WRITERS GUILD ANNUAL CONTEST
The San Antonio Writers' Guild annual contest is a multi-category contest which accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries. Word limit depends on the entry. You may see the rules for the 2013 contest by clicking the link below.
ANNUAL LOUISE STEWART WRITING CONTEST
The Louise Stewart Contest accepts an original essay, memoir, article, or poem on a specified topic that changes each year. Word limit is 1,000.
at Bethany Congregational Church. The write-ins are generally held the second Saturday on odd-numbered months. Remaining date in 2012 are Saturday, May 12, July 14, Sept. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m.) It ends about lunch time.
- NaNoWriMo Write-in
at Bethany Congregational Church Nov. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m.)
Those doing the National Novel Writing Month can stay all day. We'll order pizza in for a lunch for those spending all day at the task of writing.
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Normally we open the doors at the church's fellowship hall at 8 a.m. You can start writing then if you wish. There will be snacks and coffee. Some people come as late as 9 a.m. We take a 10-minute break at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. It's officially over at noon, but usually you can stay a little longer if the writing muse moves you.
For the NaNoWriMo write-in, we order pizza for lunch and stay into the afternoon.
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Here's what you do:
- Bring an idea for a story or a story, memoir, or piece you're currently writing.
- Bring your laptop computer, typewriter, or other electronic keyboard device. You might consider bringing an extension cord or power strip so you can reach the wall outlet. Pen/pencil/paper/notebooks are more than acceptable.
- Start working at 9 a.m. and be quiet: writers at work!
- Break at 9:50 a.m. to confer; consult; eat a snack; drink coffee, tea, or other beverage; visit the facility; or just get up and walk around.
- Resume at 10 a.m. Repeat at 11 a.m.
- Stop at noon and relax for a bit and review.
- Sometimes we go for an extra hour of writing after noon just for the heck of it.
What you write can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's or whatever you'd like. It can be something entirely new or something you've been writing for awhile.
Because the breaks are only 10 minutes, there will not be any opportunities for reading aloud and critiquing like the workshops on meeting nights. But you could switch chairs with another writer and read each other's work. Don't expect to get any extra writing done during the 10-minute breaks. It'll be loud.
What will the guild provide?
- Two electrical power strips to protect your laptops. (There are several outlets in the meeting hall).
- Snacks and coffee. Other members bring food items, so it's a buffet potluck of more or less breakfast items.
- Members who support.
Who should attend the write-in?
- Everyone who says they don't have time or the chance to write. Come and prove you can do it.
- Writers who have an idea, plan to start a new piece, want to finish an almost completed project. This could be the push you need.
- Folks who'd like the chance to spend time among other folks who write. The inspiration feels good.
A little history
The write-ins started in March 2006 and are evolving as the gatherings continue. We started with seven or eight people and at the April 26 event we had 15.
Lately, people start arriving and 8 a.m. and setup begins. Writing starts as early as 8:30 a.m. At noon, most everyone is done with the writing. A few plug on for another hour and others visit for awhile.
At first, the guild provided a limited number of snacks, but lately, it has grown into more of a potluck system. People bring anything from breakfast tacos to muffins to fruit to cookies.
Drinks are mostly on your own, except that coffee is provided. There are some drink mixes in the guild cabinet, but as far as soft drinks are concerned, bring your own.
NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH IS NOVEMBER
Write a novel in one month? Think you can do it? November is the month. Click here to jump to more information.
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BULWER-LYTTON FICTION CONTEST
The "Dark and Stormy Night" competition is a whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels. If you are silly enough, click here to jump to more information.
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WRITERS DIGEST WRITING COMPETITIONS
Writer's Digest sponsors several writing contests annually…too many to go into here, in fact.
Visit the Writers Digest contests page »
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