August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: NO SUMMER MEETINGS! See you again in September!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

I hope your summer has brought you good writing and fantastic ideas. My decision to attend the WLT Summer Writing Retreat in July turned out to be a winner for me.

First, I signed up in the spring for the revision class with Charlotte Gullick which meant I had to have a complete manuscript. Since the one I wanted to bring was only a third finished, I buckled down and made a two month personal NaNoWriMo plan. I word processed my fingers to the bone, keeping in my heart the advice on a pin we once handed out at one of our retreats, “First drafts don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be written.” I made it – not pretty, but done.

Second, the class was outstanding. Day after day, Charlotte, our instructor, had us look at that complete manuscript and try techniques to make it better. We checked our scenes, tension, and dialogue. We talked about taking risks, throwing out ideas, moving text around. We even counted verbs and nouns on a page or two. I came away feeling prepared to make my draft better.

I believe retreats are good for the writing soul, as do others in the TMTW, which is why we hope to put on another spring retreat in 2017. Sometimes, however, writers can’t afford to go or aren’t able. The WLT has announced an opportunity which should help those writers as well as those of us who would can go to retreats. They are putting their Third Thursday discussions out as podcasts which can be listened to while you lounge on your porch. That’s right – no driving, no hotel reservation. Here is the link to find the podcasts:

The TMTW will start up monthly meetings in September. The steering committee would love to have another couple of people get involved with the planning. If you are interested, please contact Jackie Siglin or Reba Cross Seals. Don’t forget a summer writing opportunity is also available.

Keep on writing and see all your local writers soon,


Make Us Say WOW! Waldorf Publishing Manuscript Contest

Want to see your manusript PUBLISHED!

And not “Self-Published” folks…the real deal…the big kahuna: A FULL CONTRACT PUBLISHING DEAL!

Enter the “Make us say WOW” Waldorf Publishing Manuscript Contest. Open to all Authors & All genres (with the exception of Poetry). Please see rules for more information.

Simply put: We are looking for that book they makes us say “WOW”!!!

Wow that was a great MANUSCRIPT!

Is it yours? You won’t know until you enter!

Contest #2  Deadline: August 31, 2016

Contest Link:

Fabula Press Short Story Competition

Fabula Press is now accepting submissions for the Aestas short story competition, and the submission window will remain open till 30 September 2016.

The contests are not theme bound. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based/alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team before submitting.

Click here for more information:

Nimrod Journal: Call for Submissions

Leaving Home, Finding Home

Home. It’s a concept that stretches across all cultures and all times. But what makes a home? Why do we sometimes seek out new homes, or refuse to leave the homes we already have? How do we find—and adapt to—new homes? When is leaving home a choice, when an exile? What happens when we are forced to leave homes we do not necessarily want to abandon? How do we make a place—a house, a country, a continent—into a home? Does home refer primarily to a place, or to the people who live there? Can home be an internal state of mind?

For our Spring/Summer 2017 issue, Leaving Home, Finding Home, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore ideas of home—both leaving home and finding home.

Deadline: November 5, 2016

Click here for more information:


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.

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