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Fault Zone Contest

August 15, 2012 is the deadline for submissions to Fault Zone: Over the Edge, an anthology of short stories and poems written by the members of the San Francisco/ Peninsula Writers and published by Sand Hill Review Press. Fault Zone isn’t only about earthquakes. It’s about personal faults, shortcomings and the foibles of being human.

The contest is open to writers who are not members of the San Francisco/Peninsula Writers, a division of California Writers Club. Selected members of San Francisco/Peninsula Writers will be the judges of this contest. Entries should relate to the anthology’s theme in some way.

First Prize is $300 and publication in the next Fault Zone anthology. Second Prize is $100. Third Prize is $50. Contest deadline is August 15, 2012. Reading fee is $15. Judging should be completed by end of September. Prelaunch book party will be early December. The book will be on Amazon by January. Previously published work will be considered.

For more information about the contest, rules and submissions, see the SF/Peninsula Writers website.

Love + Lust Photography Contest

We are currently accepting images for Open to Interpretation: Love + Lust. Lust is an intense appetite, craving, or untamed desire. We lust for an array of things—money, power, objects, sex, or just living life. Love is a powerful affection or personal attachment and comes in a variety of forms, which can encompass romantic, sexual, platonic, narcissistic, or even religious feelings or attitudes. And sometimes love and lust overlap. Show us your interpretations. Who or what do you love or lust for? What images capture these emotions for you?

Publication and Awards ~ $1000 Cover Award ~ $500 Judge’s Choice Award Photography ~$500 Judge’s Choice Award Writing or Poetry

Being selected to be part of this publication puts you in great company with other photographers, writers, and poets. This publication is dedicated to providing a place for artists to gain recognition and exposure for their work. All participants chosen, if so desired, will have their name, web page and/or mailing address indexed in the book so as they can be contacted directly regarding their work. For full details go to their website.

Book Signings – San Antonio

George Beddingfield ~ Conditional: A Medical Mystery ~ Sat., July 28th, 11:00-1:00

Greed can be a lethal weapon in the hands of persons with power. CONDITIONAL, is a medical thriller which follows Dr. Jonathan Harding, a hospital accreditation surveyor, and his two colleagues, a nurse and a hospital administrator, during their 2005 assignment to survey a group of hospitals in the Dallas area.

The three run afoul of Larry Sullivan, a sociopathic hospital CEO, when the outcome of his hospital’s survey is conditional accreditation. Obsessed by greed, Sullivan also manages a profitable relationship with the drug cartels of northern Mexico. He fears the less than perfect outcome of his hospital’s just-completed survey will threaten his expected year-end bonus-money he urgently needs to pay off a huge debt to the Mexican drug lords.

A lifelong bully, Sullivan irrationally blames the survey team for his hospital’s poor performance. He rallies his clandestine associates to strong-arm the survey team to change their report to his advantage. His malicious actions cause stalking, assault, kidnapping, and painful injury to the medical team while carrying out their hospital inspections.

Peter Larsen, a young, handsome, and gum-chewing FBI agent, collaborates closely with the medical team to rescue the kidnapped surveyor and to unravel Sullivan’s link to the Mexican cartels. For more details click here.

Ralph Yznaga ~ Living Witness

Sat., Aug. 4th, 10:00-12:00

Living Witness: Historic Trees of Texas (Texas A&M University Press, Spring, 2012) is a beautiful tribute to the natural heritage of the Lone Star State. Storyteller, Ralph Yznaga, celebrates the strong connections between Texans and their trees. His purpose is to share and preserve the rich history of Texas and its irreplaceable natural wonders. Inspired by the old Texas Forest Service book, Famous Trees of Texas, Yznaga has captured the continuing attachment we have to these magnificent reminders of our culture and history. Stunning images, stories, a detailed map, and driving directions to thirty-seven famous (and infamous) trees help us appreciate how entwined the lives of people and trees are. For more details on the event, click here.

Webcast Event – Dallas

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES: AN INTERNATIONAL WEBCAM READING EVENT  Featured Writers: Munich-Dean Pasch, London-Abol Froushan and Alexandra Ryan, Manilla-Edwin Cordevilla, Monterrey- Adru Lemon & Roy Pizano, Seoul-Tae-Joo Na,New Delhi-Saksham Khosla, Beijing-Anna Simone M, and from the US of A: excerpts from Dial a Poet Television

and North Texas selections from Between Covers: An Exhibition for Smart Phones.

When: Saturday, July 28, 11 am

Where: WordSpace 415 North Tyler St.

What Else: Light Brunch (and mimosas!)

Admission: Free to Members, $5 Non Members

For more information, call 214-838-3554 or visit their website  for more details on the events and writers featured.

Conference V – Houston Writers’ Guild

Friday, October 12th ~ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop #1 ~ April Eberhardt on “An Agents View of Self-Publishing.”

April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to “self-publishing, done right.”

Workshop #2 ~ Nikki Loftin on “Build your writing toolkit.”

No one does it like Nikki Loftin, easily voted the most entertaining and instructive lecturer of our entire faculty at the Spring conference. Nikki will present a 3 hour hand-on workshop for any genre, where folks come in with ideas/rough sketches and leave with polished queries, pitches, and improvement on their opening pages.

Saturday, October 13th ~ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Margie Lawson on “Empowering Character’s Emotions.” Want to add a psychological punch to your writing? Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page? Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotions and hooking the reader viscerally? Learn the “edits” system. Basic, complex empowered and super-empowered passages: Backstory management, Kinesics, Haptics, Proxemics, Facial expressions, Paralanguage and much more.

The conference will be held at the Sugar Land Marriot Hotel 16090 City Walk Sugar Land, Texas 77479. For more information on Agents and what else the conference has to offer for writers, click here.

Joe Hayes Celebrates 30 Years at Wheelwright Museum – Santa Fe

This summer New Mexico’s favorite storyteller brings his bilingual blend of ghost stories, coyote yarns, and tall tales back to the Wheelwright Museum! Joe has delighted Santa Fe families and visitors for a generation with imaginative journeys through the Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures of the Southwest. If you’re in the Santa Fe area this summer we highly recommend celebrating Joe’s 30th year telling tales at the Wheelwright.

Joe will be sharing some of his most beloved stories every Saturday and Sunday evening starting at 7pm, from July 21-August 12. Admission is free!

Joe holds a distinctive place among American storytellers, and has won numerous awards for both his live performances and his children’s books. These include the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award (bestowed by 170,000 voting schoolchildren) for his book Ghost Fever, and the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts—the highest honor accorded by the state for accomplishment in the arts.For more about the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, click here.  Click here to buy Joe’s latest collection of bilingual folk tales, The Coyote Under the Table.

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Friday Filler. Be sure to visit Scribe for more events and news about the WLT Alpine Retreat!


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