Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Free James Scott Bell on December 4

James Scott Bell, author of the popular Plot & Structure book (as well as several thriller novels), is teaching Novel Revision: Craft a Story Readers Can’t Put Down on Tuesday, December 4 at 1 pm. It’s free. All you have to do is sign up and show up (online). You will get access to the archived material for 1 year, in case you can’t make the webinar time. He’ll cover such topics as:

  • Revising during the first draft
  • How to approach the first read-through
  • What to do about common problem areas
  • How to revise the opening
  • Tips for revising dialogue
  • and more

Register here.

November 26, 2012

Open Mic at Annapolis Chapter on Dec. 19

Share a sample from your latest work in progress, or read from your favorite published work, at the Annapolis Chapter’s open mic session on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of Maryland Hall! Join MWA members who live and write in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for this first-come, first-read event. Seasonal readings are of course welcome, but not required.

Come early — slots are limited! There will be a sign-up sheet and we’ll go down the list until we run out of time (or readers, whichever comes first). Please be prepared to read for about ten minutes — that’s about four or five short poems, a couple of long poems, a short-short story, or a scene from a longer work. We want to make sure that everyone who signs up has time to read.

Tell your friends and family. The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are only $40.00 and include great benefits and free admission to monthly meetings at any chapter. Annapolis Chapter meetings are ever third Wednesday of every month at Maryland Hall. For more information visit:

Open mics are a great opportunity for writers to practice reading their work in front of an audience, which is an important skill for every writer to develop. MWA open mics traditionally offer a friendly, relaxed, and encouraging atmosphere that will put even the most nervous reader at ease.

November 26, 2012

Pen in Hand Winter 2013 Issue Call for Submissions

Now that the Thanksgiving rush is behind us, MWA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the Winter 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in January 2013.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Friday, December 21, 2012. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at <>. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered! (I can’t emphasize this enough!)

Our ideal is to match Pen in Hand to the needs and interests of our members. With your help, each issue can approach that ideal a little closer. If you’d like us to explore a particular theme, let us know.


November 5, 2012

The Delmarva Review Opens Submission Period for 2013 Issue

The Delmarva Review announced the opening of its submission period for the 2013 issue, from November 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Writers interested in submitting short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for the sixth edition should consult the Review’s website for guidelines at

The Review selects original literary prose and poetry for publication in a print and digital edition. All writers are welcome. The literary review encourages great story-telling and moving poetry. Its standards are for memorable prose and poetry exhibiting skillful expression. Editors only read electronic submissions. A submission link is on the “Guidelines” page of the website.

The current issue, Volume 5, was published in October and contains literary prose and poetry from 27 writers in nine states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries. Seventy percent are from the Chesapeake and Delmarva Peninsula, giving an important voice to authors throughout the region.

The Delmarva Review is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA), a nonprofit organization supporting writers and the literary arts in the tristate Delmarva region.

Single issues of the Review are $12 each. Two-year subscriptions are $20. An order form is available on the website:, or by writing: The Delmarva Review, P.O. Box 544, St. Michaels, MD 21663. A digital edition of Volume 5, for Kindle and other reading devices, is available at