Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Bedford Competition

Sharing this announcement from The Bedford Competition:

The Bedford Competition (international short story and poetry awards) is a not for profit organisation, based in the United Kingdom, which runs international writing competitions that should appeal to anyone with an interest in creative writing.

All the entries we receive are entered in the main story and poetry competitions which have prizes of £500 first place, £150 second and £100 third. In the past it has not been unusual for overseas entrants to be amongst the prize winners.

We recognise that it is important to encourage young people to exercise their literary talents and in addition to the above prizes we give what it referred to as our Young Writers' Award for the best poem and short story received from a person in the age group 17 to 25, inclusive. 

The stories or poems may be something completely new, or something that has been worked on already. There are no theme or genre restrictions but it must be original, unpublished fiction. An entrant may submit more than one story or poem.

Inspired by the affects of the current covid-19 pandemic which is affecting every country throughout the world, there is, for this year only, a special Rainbow Prize for short story entrants aged 70 or over. We have chosen this age group for this one-off prize as they are not only deemed to be the most vulnerable, but are most likely to be suffering lockdown blues as they have been prevented from pursuing social activities and interacting with their children and grandchildren.

The twelve shortlisted stories and poems plus the prizewinners of the Young Writers' Award and the Rainbow Prize will all be published in a paperback and electronic anthology, providing an opportunity to send their work into the outside world.

More detail and how to enter can be found on our website: The Bedford Competition.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Meeting Reminder: June 20

Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, via Zoom. 

NEW: If you plan to share any writing at the meeting, please submit the document into our Dropbox by 5 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the meeting. This will give readers Thursday and Friday to read the pieces that we will discuss on Saturday. You are obligated to only read the first five pages, though authors may submit longer pieces and you are free to read further.

If you would like to receive a meeting invitation or need instruction on using Dropbox, please email oawc at aol dot com

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Meeting reminder: June 6

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet via Zoom at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6.

The meeting is free and open to the public. If you would like an invitation, please email Ruth at: oawc at aol dot com no later than 6 p.m. Friday, June 5th. 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Next meeting - May 16

Deb Martin has kindly set up a Zoom meeting for us at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. This will NOT be a regular meeting; just an opportunity to test out the software and say hello to everyone. I'd specifically like to talk about how the virus has impacted your creativity, and set up some ground rules for future virtual meetings.

My understanding is that anyone can join a Zoom meeting via phone, tablet, computer, etc. You do not need to create an account and the service is free of charge.

This is a difficult time for everyone as we navigate our way through the pandemic, and I know some may not be ready to attend meetings. That's okay! Participation has always been voluntary; join us when your life allows.

If you have not yet received an email invitation, please email oawc @ aol dot com and have the log-on information sent to you.

Monday, March 23, 2020

UPDATE: 2020 Lakefly Writers Conference

The health and safety of community members is our number one priority. For that reason, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Lakefly Writers Conference.

We are working on issuing full refunds to all who registered but please note it may take 8 to 10 weeks. Checks will be mailed to the address you provided at the time of registration; if you have since moved or would like the check mailed to a different address, please email lakeflywriters at gmail dot com

If you registered for a hotel room at the Best Western Premiere Waterfront Hotel adjacent to the convention center, your room reservation has automatically been canceled.

The writing contests are still moving forward! Winners will be notified by mail. Once we verify the addresses of the winners, checks and certificates will be mailed.

Save the dates: Our next conference will be May 7-8, 2021 at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

Be safe and keep writing! ~ Ruth

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Meeting reminder - March 7

The Oshkosh Area Writers Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, in the lower level conference room of the Oshkosh Public Library. 

Also, a reminder that the deadline for the Lakefly Writing Contests is March 13. No entry fee; cash prizes. Click here for complete contest rules and submission guidelines.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 Lakefly Writers Conference: More Recommended Reads!

Check out these titles from the upcoming Lakefly Writers Conference speakers:

Death Rides the Ferry
A Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery)
Patricia Skalka 

It’s a sparkling August day on Washington Island and the resonant notes of early classical music float on the breeze toward the sailboats and ferries that ply the waters of Death’s Door strait. After a forty-year absence, the Viola da Gamba Music Festival has returned to the picturesque isle on the tip of Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula. Sheriff Dave Cubiak enjoys a rare day off as tourists and a documentary film crew hover around the musicians.

The jubilant mood sours when an unidentified passenger is found dead on a ferry. Longtime residents recall with dismay the disastrous festival decades earlier, when another woman died and a valuable sixteenth-century instrument—the fabled yellow viol—vanished, never to be found.

Cubiak follows a trail of murder, kidnapping, and false identity that leads back to the calamitous night of the twin tragedies. With the lives of those he holds most dear in peril, the sheriff pursues a ruthless killer into the stormy northern reaches of Lake Michigan.

Imminent Dawn
(EMPATHY Series, Book 1)

R. R. Campbell

Art-school dropout Chandra would do anything to apologize for her role in her wife’s coma—including enroll in the first round of human trials for an internet-access brain implant.

At first, the secretive research compound is paradise, but a dark wave of uncertainty soon crashes down on the study, pitting Chandra against ruthless tech magnate Wyatt, a man whose own secrets compel him to press on with his work at all costs. Beyond the complex’s walls, horrifying rumors about the EMPATHY brain implant reach the desk of investigative journalist Meredith, who strives to verify her mysterious source’s veracity—until threats of unknown origin force her to choose between her sleuthing and her life. All the while, advancement-hungry administrative assistant Ariel eagerly does the bidding of her higher-ups, woefully unaware they might not have the best interests of the compound’s patients in mind.

Forced to confront conspiracies stretching from the highest levels of the North American Union government to the lowest dredges of its shadowy hacking collectives, all four characters are set on a collision course that will leave them fighting to reclaim that which they value most: their loved ones, their freedom, their lives.

A twistedly delightful clockwork of intrigue and suspense, Imminent Dawn is an electrifying sci-fi debut from author R. R. Campbell.

Almost Crimson

Dasha Kelly

From a young age CeCe copes with her mother's crippling depression, their severe poverty, an absentee father, and her own insecurities. With gorgeous language, a vivid cast of characters, and an eye for poignant detail, Dasha tells the story of CeCe's struggle to break free from the grips of codependency and poverty to find confidence and success in her career and her personal life, finally becoming the strong woman she's always dreamed of being.

 Enjoy these books? Meet the authors at the 2020 Lakefly Writers Conference, May 8 and 9 at the Oshkosh Convention Center (WI). Save $15 if you register before March 31st. 

The Lakefly Writers Conference in sponsored by the Oshkosh Public Library in partnership with the Oshkosh Area Writers Club.