Archive for March 21st, 2011

Susan Leigh Picking: Wonder in the Wander Promotion -Writing Contest

21 March 2011

Susan Picking is an award winning singer song writer who wrote Wonder in the Wander while on safari in Tanzania.  The song brings to life the notion that there are no accidents, and they happen everyday.  We seek to inspire people to share their moments of seredepity in the form of a short 2,000 word essay.   The winning essayist will receive a free airline ticket in the United States.  Long-term Susan seeks to publish a short book that includes twenty of these inspirational stories.

There will be one winner awarded a plane ticket in the contiguous United States, or they may opt for $250 cash. 

There will be  four (4) $25 prizes awarded to the runners

Visit the The contest will go to June 30, 2011 and the winner will be notified by email within two weeks by July 14, 2011. 

How to enter:


21 March 2011

$1,000 Contest Option

Fiction * Creative Non-Fiction * Poetry * Drama

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Mason’s Road, sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, is now accepting submissions for Issue #3, to be published in July 2011. Dedicated to the writing craft, each issue of Mason’s Road focuses on a particular craft theme; the theme for Issue #3 is “arc.”

For submission instructions, go to:
For more on the theme, go to:

— Contest Details —

All submissions to Mason’s Road will be considered for publication, but only those entered for the contest will be considered for the $1,000 Writing Contest Prize.

Judge: Sarah Manguso, author of “The Two Kinds of Decay” (2008), “Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape” (2007), “Siste Viator” (2006) and “The Captain Lands in Paradise” (2002). More at

Reading Fee: $15

Deadline: May 1, 2011

Theme: “Arc – the rise and fall of dramatic tension, whether subtle or steep, upward or downward, singular or recurrent, that draws the reader in (and keeps him or her there).”

The Editors, Mason’s Road

Association of Italian Canadian Writers (AICW)

21 March 2011

Theme:  “I’m just a stranger here myself.” – finding one’s bearings in a strange time, place or condition.

Maximum length:  500 words

Prizes: 1st prize  – $500,  2nd prize: $250

Deadline:  September 30th, 2011

Eligibility: Contest open internationally to writers of any cultural affiliation.
Entries accepted in English, French, and Italian. Multiple entries welcome
Unpublished work only – no simultaneous submissions.

Entry Fee
$20 Canadian, and $10 (Canadian) for AICW members for each entry.
Send cheque or money order payable to: Association of Italian Canadian Writers:
AICW contest,  c/o Michael Mirolla
7 McMullen Drive
Stouffville, Ontario
L4A  7X4

For those with PayPal accounts the fee is $22, payment may be made to

How to enter, visit the website:

Winners will be contacted by phone or e‐mail and posted on AICW website:


Ventura County Writers Club has a New Home at Pleasant Valley Senior Center

21 March 2011

(Ventura, CA – March 21, 2011) After being moved out of two Borders locations as each closed, the Ventura County Writers Club has found a new home in the Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Camarillo, CA. Located inside the Community Center Park at 1605 Burnley, corner of Burnley and Carmen Drive, the Senior Center is the last building as one drives into the parking lot.
“This has been a harrowing adventure as the club makes its third move in less than 4 months,” stated Lee Wade, Club President and primary new location spotter. ” We have looked at many locations and used a new site last month in Thousand Oaks, but were unable to use it for April.  The Senior Center will be available to VCWC for many months and we hope to stay here for a long time.”

Since April is National Poetry Month, the Ventura County Writers Club will celebrate local poets and the winners of the club’s annual poetry contest at their meeting on April 12th.  Maxine Landis, a local poet with nine chapbooks and a new book, Wildflowers and Weeds, just published, will be the guest speaker. She will discuss the various styles and forms of poetry and give some illustrations of styles.

Opening the evening will be the announcement and presentation of the winners of the 10th Annual VCWC Poetry Contest.  There are three categories: Adults, Youth 12 to 18 and Youth under 12.  Winners will be given cash prizes and will read their winning poems at the meeting. Over 300 entries were received and poet Kate Buckley has selected the final winners.

The meetings begin promptly at 7 PM. The public is welcomed to all meetings, which are free. Directions to Pleasant Valley Senior Center: Take the Carmen Drive exit in Camarillo off the 101 Freeway and go north on Carmen to Burnley Drive, about _ mile.  Turn right and enter the parking lot using the second driveway on the left side of the street.  Park near the last building with Senior Center on the front and enter there.

April Meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club
April 12, 7 PM
Pleasant Valley Senior Center,
1605 Burnley St, Camarillo, CA
Guest speakers: Maxine Landis and winners of Poetry Contest
Open to Members and non-members.  No fee.

For more information on the Ventura County Writers Club, visit: