February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: Bring something to read – something you may be working on.

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on “Love is in the Air”, or topic of your choice.

Refreshments: By Cindy Symington via Edy Elfring.


From the President’s Corner

Editor’s Note: Our illustrious president, Jackie Siglin, is enjoying climes south of the equator. And the rest of us are furiously preparing for our upcoming Spring Retreat! So read on for more information about the retreat and other writing news!


2014 TMTW Annual Spring Writers’ Retreat Speaker Focus: WC Jameson

Texas Mountain Trail Writers in their February Log of the Trail want to feature one of our outstanding presenters for the April 11-13 retreat. The others we’ll brag about will be in our next edition.

WC Jamison smWC Jameson is the award winning and bestselling author of more than ninety books and over 1,500 published articles and essays!

WC’s latest book is the adventure memoir, Treasure Hunter: Caches, Curses, and Deadly Confrontations. This book is garnering positive reviews, impressive sales, and has generated interest from movie producers. He is the best selling treasure author in the world!

WC is the creator of the “Buried Treasurers of America” series. His success and fame as a professional treasure hunter have led to appearances on TV’s Unsolved Mysteries, the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, Nightline and National Public Radio.

Another of WC Jameson’s most popular books is Billy the Kid: Beyond the Grave, a regional best seller. This popular nonfiction western writer presents stunning evidence that Billy the Kid was not killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in 1881, but went on to live an amazing life for the next sixty-nine years.

WC has won numerous awards for his writing from a number of professional associations. A nationally recognized and honored author, he has served as a judge for several prestigious literary competitions.

When not on an expedition or writing a book, Jameson tours the country performing his music at fold festivals, colleges and universities, concert halls, and roadhouses. He is an accomplished songwriter and performer. WC has recorded five albums of his original music and acted in five films. He wrote and performed in the musical, Whatever Happened to the Outlaw, Jesse James?

This fascinating, prolific nonfiction writer shows many facets. All his writings are frank and unvarnished and show intensive research.

WC Jameson will teach and entertain at the 23rd annual Writing Round-Up of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers’ in Alpine and Fort Davis April 11-13.  Headquarters for classes and meals will be at the Mountain Trails Lodge just south of Fort Davis.  The Friday evening reception will be in the reading room of Front Street Books in Alpine.

For more about Lisa Wingate, fiction fatale, and Becka Oliver, former agent with publishing house experience, wait for our next edition!

The western retreat registration includes four meals and Friday’s lavish reception in addition to the opportunity to work and visit with three outstanding professional writers.  For additional information contact Reba Cross Seals, retreat co-chair, moc.l1501158887iamg@1501158887slaes1501158887ssorc1501158887r1501158887 or Jackie Siglin, president, ten.d1501158887nebgi1501158887b@1ak1501158887salad1501158887ekab1501158887.

More details are on the 2014 Retreat Overview page, including Registration Form at:


Nimrod Journal Writing Contest

Greetings from Nimrod International Journal. I’m writing with some information about the 36th annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction.  The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication and second prizes of $1,000 and publication, along with a trip to Tulsa to receive the Awards and take part in our annual writing conference. The postmark deadline for this year’s Awards is April 30th, 2014.

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. Past judges include Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, and John Edgar Wideman. Past winners include Sue Monk Kidd, Diane Glancy, Daniel Lusk, Felicia Ward, Ruth Schwartz, and Gina Ochsner.

One of the oldest “little magazines” in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956.  We are dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature, and the Nimrod Literary Awards are a special way to reward talented poets and fiction writers.

I am including the contest rules with this email, and hope that you will make them available to the members of your group.  Feel free to pass the information along in any way you like—be it in emails, newsletters, or on your website. For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.


Pen 2 Paper 2014 is on!

We’re pleased to announce that the 2014 Pen 2 Paper creative writing contest is open! We encourage any new writers to show off their skills and invite all of our past entrants to dazzle us with some new work for our fifth year. Current rules and details for this year’s contest can be found on our webpage, and we hope you’ll stay in touch with us over the coming months on our Facebook page.

To open this year’s contest, we’ve got a special treat for those of you in the Austin area! We’ve teamed up with VSA Texas to present an inclusive open mic afternoon for writers and musicians this Sunday at Malvern Books. We still have spaces for readers; please let us know if you’re interested! Full event details here.


Check Out These Exciting Things Going on at the Writers League of Texas

Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest: http://www.writersleague.org/109/Manuscript-Contest

Also the Writers League of Texas Agents/Editors Conference: http://www.writersleague.org/38/Conference

And why not, their book contest: http://www.writersleague.org/112/Book-Awards-Contest


Texas Mountain Trail Writers–January, 2014 Minutes Tuesday, January 24, 2014

Jeff Davis County Library–Fort Davis, Texas

Present: Elaine Davenport (Secretary), Edy Elfring (Social Chairperson), Marian Frueh (Editor), Laura Grolla (guest), Barbara McWha (guest), Bob Miles, David Seals, Reba Seals, Jackie Siglin (President), Cindy Symington, Eleanor Taylor, Anne VanLoon (Treasurer), Darrell White (Vice-President).

Meeting Called to Order by Jackie Siglin
Treasurer’s Report by Anne VanLoon (covering November 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013)

  1. The starting balance in the checking account was $3367.62. The ending balance was $3867.62. One deposit of $500 (from PayPal) was put into the checking account. There were no disbursements.
  2. The starting balance in the PayPal account was $927.97. The ending balance was $456.49. Two deposits for membership dues were put into the PayPal account. The two deposits totaled $28.52.

Old Business

  1. 1. Reba Seals reminded those present that W.C. Jameson and Lisa Wingate are confirmed speakers for the conference. Mr. Jameson will be focusing on nonfiction; Ms. Wingate, on fiction.
  2. Reba Seals informed the group that Becka Oliver will be the third speaker for the conference. She is the present Executive Director of the Writers’ League of Texas. Ms. Oliver has sixteen years experience in the publishing business as both a publisher and an agent. She is expected to speak on “polishing” a work of fiction or nonfiction.
  3. Ms. Seals talked about the need to publicize the conference. She stated Janith Stephenson is without an Internet connection at the present time and volunteers are needed for this task.

New Business

  1. Jackie Siglin asked for volunteers for various conference tasks. Elaine Davenport volunteered to be in charge of the sales tables.
  2. Ms. Siglin reported on the last conference committee meeting. She stated the individual cost for the conference has increased to $150. This cost includes both the membership and conference fees. She explained what each conference attendee will receive for his/her $150 payment.
  3. Ms. Siglin solicited ideas for the conference writing opportunity. Suggestions were made by those present. Ms. Siglin will email these suggestions to the membership and ask for further ideas.
  4. Ms. Siglin solicited ideas for a conference theme. Suggestions were made by those present. Ms. Siglin will email these suggestions to the membership and ask for any further ideas.
  5. Ms. Seals suggested putting the group’s logo (Write into the Sunset) on publicity posters. There were no objections to this proposal.
  6. The guests were shown copies of the TMTW anthology.
  7. February’s refreshments will be provided by Edy Elfring.

Meeting Adjourned by Jackie Siglin.

February’s Writing Opportunity was announced by Darrell White. It is as follows: no more than five hundred words, prose or poetry, “Love Is in the Air.”

Program presented by Jackie Siglin. She spoke on the Agents’ and Editors’ Conference which is held in Austin each year and is presented by the Writers’ League of Texas. She also mentioned other WLT activities–the summer retreat at Sul Ross University and the manuscript contest.

January Writing Opportunity. Five hundred words on any topic, prose or poetry. Eleanor Taylor and Jackie Siglin read their compositions.

Correction to November’s Minutes: Becka Oliver is the present Executive Director of the Writers’ League of Texas, not the past Director.

Submitted by Elaine Davenport, Secretary, on February 7, 2014


Trail Bits

Kip Piper is coauthoring an anthology and inviting all to submit book subtitle suggestions. There are prizes for the winning subtitle! Deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 19. For more details, email Kip at moc.a1501158887ictm@1501158887pik1501158887.


As Seen on Facebook

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Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.


Final Note from the Editor:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Rights and Trail Bits to gro.s1501158887retir1501158887wliar1501158887tniat1501158887nuoms1501158887axet@1501158887wtmtk1501158887sa1501158887.

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