February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Room of the Alpine Public Library in Alpine, TX.

Program: “Vivid words – Writing with Your Senses” Jackie Siglin will lead a discussion and provide writing activities on using the five senses to form a fiction world which dances off the page and draws the reader inside it.

Writing “Opportunity”:  See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Refreshments: Reba Cross Seals is bringing a late Valentine’s treat!

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

February is a wakeup call for me. 2016 is upon us, rife with possibilities, and having utilized January to shake off the dust from last year, I am able to truly begin anew. Yep, having rid myself of all the ghosts of intentions unfulfilled, I am free to explore boundless horizons, throw open the windows to let the sun in, and throw out that box that held me captive in 2015. In fact, renounce the obstacles and tangents that have plagued me and see an open road inviting me to get going. Hanging on to things that have not worked is heavy baggage. Now is the time to let go. I see the sunrise on yonder horizon.

Of course, that is just me! January was a most productive month for the TMTW steering committee. We decided the time, place, and speaker for our one-day spring conference: Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Indian Lodge (in the Davis Mountains State Park), Fort Davis, Texas. Our speaker is a man with many years of teaching and writing experience—Daryl Scroggins will share unique methods of craft and revision. Check out the announcement in this newsletter for more info.

In the meantime, join us for our regular meeting at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016. I hear it will be filled with love. Jackie Siglin can tell you more. So read the meeting announcement above…

Eleanor Taylor, TMTW Steering Committee

Picture Writing Prompts

What is love?

In 500 words or fewer, tell about love. Bring to read at the February 16th meeting or email to Reba at .

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2016 TMTW One-Day Spring Retreat

The Texas Mountain Trail Writers’ organization is holding a one-day retreat for advanced and beginning authors on Saturday, April 23, at the Indian Lodge in Fort Davis. Daryl Scroggins will be facilitating the event. Mr. Scroggins is an experienced creative writing teacher who has won national awards and has been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals. Cost for the event is $50. For details regarding meeting times, topics for discussion, and registration, visit 2016 One-Day Spring Retreat.


2015-16 “Chaos” Call for Submissions

March 7, 2016, DEADLINE for Submissions for Chaos
the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers

This is a call for submissions for the 2016 Chaos West of the Pecos, the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

All paid current members are invited to submit up to 4 manuscripts or poems with total word count no more than 6000. Your dues must be current (dues’ year is April 30, 2015- April 29, 2016). To check on your status you may contact our treasurer, Jacqueline Siglin at .


For FULL DETAILS of submissions requirements and other information, please visit 2015-16 “Chaos” Call for Submissions.

Short Story Contest from Fabula Press

Dates: Contest opens on 01Jan16, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar16. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun16.

Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
1. First Prize: US$250
2. Second Prize: US$150
3. Third Prize: US$100

All longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest four such prizes of US$50 each were declared).

Theme: None. 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.

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.

Entry fee: US$10.

Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

Detailed guidelines are available at www.fabulapress.com.

Love is strange, love is beautiful, love is dangerous…

Sam Hiyate, one of the editors of a new literary website called Don’t Talk to Me About Love, has announced their debut contest, offering $1,000.00 each in fiction, non-fiction and poetry for pieces about love. (Note that the contest deadline is Valentine’s day — this weekend!)

P.S. If you enjoy the site, please subscribe to the website. (It’s free.) You can also like them on Facebook or tweet about them.

 Braggin’ Rights

Marti Knobloch is pleased to announce that her e-book, Cloud Compass: New and Selected Poems, was awarded an Honorable Mention for Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published e-Book Awards in the Poetry category. Marti also won a cash prize and her book to be on the Writer’s Digest website. Her book is available for purchase at Amazon.com.

Larry Thomas pleased to announce the release of a revised and expanded print edition of his chapbook, The Circus, by Blue Horse Press (publisher of the San Pedro River Review). Several of the twenty-two poems in the collection were first published by Right Hand Pointing in 2008 as an e-chapbook. The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com.

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:

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