The Society of Southwestern Authors Writers Contest 2011
by Penny Porter
The annual SSA Writers Contest has a goal this year. We hope to receive 200 entries in the categories of Short Fiction, Nonfiction Essays/Memoirs, and Poetry. Any monies left over after expenses are fulfilled, will go toward scholarships for the next Wrangling With writing Conference.
Prizes will be 1st- $250, 2nd- $125, 3rd- $75, and honorable mentions- $25.
1st place through honorable mention winning stories will be printed in THE STORY TELLER. Commendations are non-montary but the author’s name and submission title will be printed in THE STORY TELLER. Also, all the entries will get judges comments.
This year our four judges come to us with a huge amount of diversity, wisdom and broad-based talent. Our contestants, on the other hand, represent what writing is all about: writers who have a love of the craft, the desire to improve their skills, and the will to do the best they can in a compettion, and realize their dream of getting published.
The Society of Suthwestern Authors is honored to present the following outstanding individuals in our Arizona literary world to judge fiction, non-fiction/memoir, and poetry, and to select the winners whose submissions will appear in the Society of Southwestern 2011 edition of THE STORY TELLER.
Grael Norton of Wheatmark, Inc. Grael helps authors get their manuscripts ready for market, coaches them on publishing success, helps them learn how to sell more books, and how to really make money as an author. He is also a Senior Faculty Member of the Authors Academy, where published and aspiring authors learn it all.
Ross Browne, owner and managing editor of the Editorial Department, LLC, founded in 1980, has been editing books since 1992, and developing workshops and seminars for writers since 1997. Ross employs a tearm of 21 editors. His clients range from new writers seeking publication for the first time to veteran writers looking to take their careers to the next level, as well as authors of several national bestseller.
David Ray has won many awards for fiction, poetry and essays. He is the author of 23 books and is widely published in magazines and anthologies as well. He has been a visiting professor in India, Australia and New Zealand and a teacher of literature and creative writing at American universities and colleges. David’s writings focus on a number of leadings, ranging from lyric poems of love and grief to passionate protest. His own memoir THE ENDLESS SEARCH is a probing of his early years.
Judy Ray was born and raised in England and has lived on five continents. In her peotry and essays she reflects on themes of travel and intercultural experience. Her writings and photographs have appeared in many publications, and her latest books of poetry are THE FLY WITHOUT WINGS and FISHING IN GREEN WATERS. Judy says, “I grew up on an English farm without electricity, and lived in Uganda for six years without a telephone. And now, a website?!!”
You can see other contest along with our listing at: writers-editors.com/Writers?Contests/contests.htm. stephiesmith.com/contests.html winningwriters.com and http://www.justacontest.com. If you know of other lists we can get on, pleaase let me know at email@example.com Mike
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 40. No. 5 Oct-Nov. 2011