Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Writing Contests

In looking around the Web for publishing opportunities for our Mountain Empire writers, I discovered an excellent resource for legitimate writing contests.

Unfortunately, many writing contests are mere jokes. We can usually tell a "joke" contest from a legitimate one by the price. The vast majority of "joke" contests are FREE and they prominently advertise this fact. Winning one of these may possibly put a little cash in our pockets but will not be something we can brag about in serious writing circles.

Legitimate writing competitions usually charge a small fee, often $10-$25 for entering. And I found a wonderful source for serious writing contests at the Poets & Writers website. Keep current with the following page for entering writing contests we can be proud of winning: Poets & Writers Writing Contests.

Good luck! May the Muses be with you!

On another note, it was lovely to see some of our writers turn up at the MECAC booth at Pine Valley Day last Saturday. I gave out a good number of cards with our meeting date, time, and place plus this blog site address, so we hope to see some new faces at our August meeting. Keep on writing!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

MECAC Writers at Pine Valley Days!

The Mountain Empire Creative Arts Council will have a booth at Pine Valley Days this Saturday, July 25!

Stop on by and chat with the good folks of MECAC and check out our special Writers' Area. MECAC also will be hosting a donation Bake Sale with fresh-squeezed Limeade and will be displaying and selling art pieces created by Mountain Empire artists.

So come join the fun and stop by the MECAC booth to chat and check out all that MECAC has to offer! Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Free Poetry Contest: Deadline August 10

The Alpine Sun posted the following information on July 16:

A $1000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest being sponsored by the Celestial Arts Society. The contest is free and open to poets of all ages. Fifty prizes totaling $5000 in all will be awarded.

Poems of 21 lines or less on any subject in any style will be accepted.

Entries must be received by Aug. 10 and may be submitted by mail to
Free Poetry Contest
701 1st St.
Golden, CO 80403

or enter at

Your name and address must appear on the page with the poem.

To receive a winners' list, please submit a self-addressed stamped envelope with your entry.

(Note: After looking at the website above, this contest looks like a very commercial venture. Enter at your own risk.)

Special thanks to Maureen Brown for alerting us to this contest.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Writers' Workshop Monthly Meeting for July

The Mountain Empire Creative Arts Council's Monthly Writers' Workshop will meet on Tuesday evening, July 14, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room of the Pine Valley Library.

Bring along a short piece to share and receive some constructive comments and ideas for improvement upon your writing as we spur each other on in writing bravely and well!

Writers of all levels are very welcome. Even if you are just thinking about doing a little writing, this group is for YOU!

Come, join us, and let's work together to hone our craft!
If you have any questions, you may contact Susanne Barrett at 473-0085.