Friday Filler: News, Contest, & More

Read on from some of our favorite links to publishing news, resources, writing contests, conferences, and WLT member news.

Publishing News

Dan Poynter’s (right) Para Publishing site is a treasure trove for anyone considering self-publishing. Here’s quick take on “The New Book Model,” along with some links to resources.

Of course, we’re all monitoring the battle for control of Barnes & Noble, between chairman Len Riggio and billionaire Ron Burkle. The New York Times dissects the stakes here. Forbes looks at Burkle’s motives in “The Ron Burkle Mystery: Why Does He Care About Barnes & Noble?” Tune in next week to see the latest!

Finally, for some Friday fun — and perhaps some edification — check out the blog “SlushPile Hell,” in which an anonymous grumpy literary agent comments on outtakes from query letters. If you’ve ever wondered what NOT to put in a query letter, check it ou.


  • The Missouri Review’s 20th annual Editor’s Prize Competition: Submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; deadline is Oct. 1. Prizes: $5,000 for first-place. For more information, click here.
  • 2011 Kelton Contest for creative nonfiction. Deadline is Oct. 15. Prize: $250 and publication in the Concho River Review. For entry requirements and award information, click on the link in the right-hand column on the ASU Writers Conference Page,
  • The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Short stories in five categories. Deadline is  Nov. 15. Prizes: $2,500 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City for grand prize winner; $500 for first-place in each category. $20 entry fee. For details, click here.


2011 ASU Writers Conference, featuring Art Spiegelman, Feb. 16-17, 2011, at Angelo State University, San Angelo Texas. Now accepting submissions on:

  • Art Spiegelman’s work
  • Elmer Kelton’s work
  • The genre/teaching of graphic novels.
  • creative nonfiction
  • poetry
  • short fiction.

For details, click here.

WLT Member Book Signings & Events

Oct. 16: Kalena Cook of Dallas (left) will be signing her book, Birthing a Better Way, at Barnes & Noble, Southlake Town Square in Southlake, TX, at 2 p.m.

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