Latest on 2012 Maryland Writers Conference, MWA Writing Contests

The Maryland Writers’ Association has announced that the theme of its 2012 Maryland Writers Conference will be “Writing in Times of Change.” The conference, which will be held October 20, 2012 at The University of Baltimore, will feature keynote speaker Marita Golden. Golden will also present a workshop at the conference.

Conference and keynoter details will be posted at the Maryland Writers Conference website, Applications for panel sessions and workshops will be posted there and on the MWA website. Members of the MWA’s Facebook group can download the application form now.

The change in date for the Maryland Writers Conference date means that the dates for the MWA’s annual writing contest have changed as well. Entries for the Novel Contest, “Great Beginnings,” will now be accepted by email from May 15-June 30, 2012. Entries for the Short Works Contest will be accepted by email from June 30-July 30, 2012.

Novel contest entries will be judged on the first 7,000 words of the novel. Categories this year are Mainstream/Literary, Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Historical. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller and Romance will return in 2013.

For the short works contest, fiction and nonfiction entries should be 3,000 words, while poetry submissions should be up to 50 lines in 1-5 poems.

Contest submission guidelines will be posted on the MWA website, the Maryland Writers Conference website, and on Facebook by March 1, 2012. Keyboard in Hand will post links when they are available.


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