Archive for January, 2009

January 15, 2009

Time’s Running Out to Enter the 2009 Novel and Short Works Contests!

Deadlines are looming to submit your entries for the Maryland Writers’ Association’s 2009 Novel and Short Works contests! The deadline for submissions to the Novel contest is February 28, 2009, and for the Short Works contest the deadline is March 14, 2009.

The goal of the MWA contests is to encourage and develop authors by providing reputable literary critiques and contest experiences. An award from our contest is a bona fide seal of approval from an incorporated group of professional and published writers. As such, it is well suited for drawing the attention of editors and agents to your work. Winners will be announced at MWA’s June 10, 2009 meeting; winner’s need not be present to win.

Entries in the Novel contest will be accepted in the categories:

  • Action/Adventure/Horror
  • Mainstream/Literary
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Romance/Historical
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative
  • Young Adult

The entry fee for the Novel contest is $35 per submission for MWA members, $38 per submission for non-members. The Grand Prize winner will receive $150.00. The first place entry in each category will receive $100.00. The second place winner in each category $50.00. Each winner will receive an Award Certificate and a quotable letter from the Maryland Writers’ Association, which you may use to publicize your work. All entrants will receive two (2) judges’ critiques of their submission.

Entries for the Short Works contest will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Short Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Editorial Essay

The entry fee for the Short Works contest is $13 for MWA members and $16 for non-members. The First Place winner receives $100, publication in Scribble of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction, and a certificate. The Second Place winner receives $75 and a certificate. The Third Place winner receives $50 and a certificate.

Full contest details, rules, and submission information, along with links to past winners, are available on the MWA website. Don’t wait, enter today!

January 12, 2009

Come Celebrate a Fusion of Art and Words at the BMA!

MWA is pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s FREE Audio Tour Launch Party this coming Friday, January 16, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.!

Members and their guests are invited to celebrate the launch of the BMA’s innovative new audio tour, “60 Objects | Countless Stories,” in which local authors guide you through selected works in the BMA’s collection. The audio tour also features other familiar voices — several MWAB members are featured too!

The launch party will feature live readings from authors Laura Lippman, Michael Kimball, Olu Butterfly Woods, an others whose voices are featured in the audio tour. There will also be live music inspired the BMA’s collection by singer/songwriter Caleb Stine and jazz group Kevin Robinson Quartet, book signings, storytelling, poetry readings, writing activities, cash bar, and more! And be sure to stop by the MWA table to say hi (and maybe stand our hard-working volunteers a drink… :-D).

The Baltimore Museum of Art is located at 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. For more information, call (443) 573-1700 or visit them on the web.