Archive for ‘Call for Submissions’

December 4, 2015

Letter from the Editor

Dear Fellow Writers and Artists,

I am so excited to have the opportunity to introduce myself to you!  I have a Bachelor of Art in Photography from the University of Delaware, and I am a current graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Lesley University (fiction). I am a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBI), and the Maryland Writer’s Association. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve as editor for Pen in Hand.

The mission of the Maryland Writer’s Association (MWA) is to provide support for emerging and established writers in all genres and disciplines. With that focus,  Pen in Hand will be morphing, transitioning from a newsletter to a premiere literary and art journal devoted to the craft, art, and business of writing.  The primary purpose of Pen in Hand is to provide members and contest winners of the MWA a publishing platform. Artists who are members of the MWA are also welcome to submit black and white photographs to showcase their visual work. Pen in Hand will be published quarterly, and to maximize opportunities for publishing, there may even be special runs and mini-publications sprinkled throughout the year!

 

The Deadline for Submission is  firm, as follows:

Time: 11:59 p.m.

Dates:

November 15:     January Edition

February 15:        April Edition

April 15:               July Edition

July 15:                 October Edition

Be sure to check the MWA website, MWA Announcements, MWA Twitter, and MWA Facebook for Calls for Submissions. With that being said, I would like to Announce a Call for Submissions!

Pen in Hand will issue its revised edition in the form a mini-publication in January!

Submission for January 2016 Mini -Edition:

Call for Flash Fiction, Micro-Poetry, and Postcard Art

Theme: New Year’s Resolutions

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2015

Submission Format:

Fiction/Non-Fiction:  500-700 words

Poetry: 25-150 Words, Prose

Art: 3×5 Black and White Photography

Please read the Pen in Hand Submission Guidelines before submitting!

I look forward to reading your work and viewing your photographs. I wish you and your families a very safe and Happy Holidays!

Regards,

Kirsten O’Neill
PS:

Don’t forget that 2015 -2016 MWA Literary Contest is OPEN! The Contest is open to members and non-members, both in Maryland and out-of-state. Visit the MWA website for contest rules and guidelines.

The MWA Literary CONTEST DEADLINE: February 1, 2016 

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2014

Cozy Up, We’ll Bring the Reading to You

It’s okay if you want to hole yourself up with some hot chocolate and a warm blanket. We’ll bring the reading to you. Here’s a reading from WYPR‘s The Signal by Susan Muaddi Darraj, one of the judges we’re lucky to have for the 2014 Literary Contest. When you’re done, get your own submissions in to us. Read our guidelines here.

November 7, 2014

MWA 2014 Literary Contest up & open!

The MWA 2014 Literary Contest is now open–to members & non-members alike. And what’s better than winning money? Winners will also be considered for publication by Apprentice House Press! For guidelines and information, visit the MWA Contest Page.

October 4, 2014

Annual Literary Contest

The annual literary contest is in the works–check back for more details on dates and submission guidelines!

MWA  Literary Contest Flyer

November 25, 2013

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Winter 2014 Pen in Hand!

Submissions are now open for the Winter 2014 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in Late January 2014.

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: Monday, December 23, 2013. 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 peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

October 19, 2013

Calls for Submissions: International Ebook Awards and Saroyan Prize

The organizers of two literary contests recently contacted MWA to invite members to enter:

  • William Saroyan International Prize for Writing
    Entry Deadline: January 31, 2014
    Information and entry forms: library.stanford.edu/Saroyan

    Nominations are now being accepted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and nonfiction. Cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, the awards are intended to “encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation.”

  • International Ebook Awards
    Entry Deadline: December 31, 2013
    Information and entry forms: www.TheEbookAcademy.com/Awards

    The Ebook Academy is hosting the International Ebook Awards to spotlight the best of the best in the ebook community. Through our awards, ebook authors will gain promotional brand building that will help them gain considerable exposure and sell more ebooks. One award will be given in each of the following categories: adult fiction, adult nonfiction, children/young adult fiction, children/young adult nonfiction, cover design, and video trailer. International Ebook Awards winners will receive a digital award sticker, a quote from award judges, a book review, social media coverage, a press release with distribution, and a one-year enrollment in The Ebook Academy. All entrants receive an honorable mention digital sticker and a press release and distribution. The judging criteria include writing quality, effective and engaging communication, ebook format/layout, cover, uniqueness and creativity, and overall impression.

August 28, 2013

MWA Baltimore is Developing a Member Book Catalog!

The Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association is putting together a catalog of books written by MWA members. The chapter is inviting MWA members who are book authors to submit dust-cover description of their titles, as well as information on where people may purchase their books — for example, “Available on Amazon.”

This catalog will be printed and available at the table during the Baltimore Book Festival and at other literary and arts events in which the Maryland Writers’ Association is a participant.

In the future, MWA hopes to be able to offer an enhanced version of the catalog on the MWA website, with links that will allow people to buy your books through Amazon and other online vendors.

Authors may submit multiple titles, but depending on the number of submissions, MWAB reserves the right to limit entries to one title per author. So, when submitting multiple titles, please designate the titles in order of preference. Please do not send long links with random characters for the direct link to the book itself!

To be included in the catalog, send the dust-cover descriptions, genres, and how-to-buy information to chapter president Ken Gauvey at kgauvey@taylor-ryan.com with “MWA Catalog” in the subject line. All submissions must be received by September 10. The Baltimore Chapter of the MWA will manage the layout, structure, formatting, and all other creative aspects of the catalog printing.

Also, the Baltimore Chapter is actively soliciting authors for two-hour time slots at the MWA booth at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27-29. Authors will be able to talk about, sign, and offer their books for sale to the public. The hours of the festival are Friday and Saturday 12-8 and Sunday, 12-7. The Baltimore Chapter will not be offering any other book sale opportunities at the MWA booth outside of these two-hour signings. Authors will be expected to bring their own books, manage their own sales (including state and federal sales taxes), and remove their books when their time is completed. These time slots will go very quickly, so if you are interested, please contact chapter president Ken Gauvey at kgauvey@taylor-ryan.com ASAP.

Just a few more examples of how the Maryland Writers’ Association supports its members!

August 19, 2013

Submissions Open for Fall Pen in Hand

Submissions are now open for the Fall 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in early October 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: Monday, September 16, 2013. 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 peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

June 3, 2013

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Pen in Hand’s Summer 2013 Issue

Submissions are now open for the Summer 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in July 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, June 28, 2013. 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 peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

March 5, 2013

Pen in Hand Spring Issue Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the Spring 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in April 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: Sunday, March 31, 2013. 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 peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!