April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Because of the One-Day Spring Retreat on April 29, there will be NO APRIL MEETING!

May Meeting: Our next meeting will be the annual End-of-Year Pot Luck Party on Tuesday, May 23, at the home of Gwynne Jamieson. (NOTE: The party is on the FOURTH Tuesday of May.)  This year’s copies of Chaos West of the Pecos will be handed out at the party — and available for autographs! And of course, there will be a writing prompt. So watch this page and your email inbox for more details coming the beginning of May!

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

“6 Steps to a Stronger Story”
“What do your characters want, anyway?”
“Working With Editors”
“Marketing Your Book in the Digital Era”

Does any one of these sessions float your boat? Last chance for an outstanding fiction writing retreat in a fascinating setting with dynamic presenters. Kay Ellington and Dr. Barbara Brannon will present a fast paced one-day workshop at Indian Lodge in Davis Mt. State Park on April 29. Look for more details below…

Reba Cross Seals, TMTW Steering Committee


Fiction Writers Bonanza!

A delightful duo from the Panhandle of Texas is coming to Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountain State Park Saturday, April 29, 2017 to present a rollicking, fun, info-packed event. It is the 25th in the line of wonderfully successful spring retreats conducted by the Texas Mt. Trail Writers.

You’re invited! Cost for the one-day workshop is only $70, and that includes the packed program by two published, experienced women, Kay Ellington and Dr. Barbara Brannon from Lubbock, as well as a free continental breakfast. Lunch is on your own, and the Black Bear Restaurant at the Lodge is available. The workshop concludes at 4 pm, but some may elect to have dinner in the Black Bear Restaurant at 5 pm, and informally meet to socialize and network if desired.

This double-teaming duo are writing instructors, authors, and have experience in various kinds of publishing, editing, and marketing. Their sessions are lively, interactive and free workbooks are provided.

Fiction is being served as the main course during this one-day workshop. Learn how to make your characters breathe, your conclusions give readers a sigh of contentment, and learn more info for your publishing plan.

Check-in will start at 8 am, along with the free continental breakfast from 8 am until 9 am in the meeting room below the Black Bear Restaurant. Presentations start at 9 and end at 4 pm, with a lunch break from 12 noon until 1 pm. Lodging and meals, other than the breakfast, are not included in the retreat cost. You will automatically become a member of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers and eligible to be published in our 2017-2018 anthology.

There will be an attendance cut-off when the limited space in the meeting room is filled. You are urged to register early. CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

NOTE: If anyone has questions about the April 29 retreat, please contact Reba Cross Seals ) or Elaine Davenport . Maps and an information sheet will be sentto those who have registered in approximately a week.

39th 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, 2017. We’re also happy to announce that we now accept online submissions!

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.

For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

Hourglass Literary Magazine Contest

At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for:

Best Short Story
Best Poem
Best Essay

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2017

For more information: https://hourglassonline.org/contest/

Pen 2 Paper 2017 is open!

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Annual Pen 2 Paper (P2P) Writing Competition is now open! We are both amazed and proud that this is our 8th year.

As we launch into a new go-round, we’re reflecting on a few highlights from 2017:

  • We received entries from 15 different countries and every continent (except Antarctica. But we’ll give it a pass).
  • For the first time ever, we announced the final results of the contest in real time on Facebook Live during our Lion & Pirate Open Mic. Read finalist & winning entries.
  • P2P Finalists Krystal Cates and Kaye Love participated in a slam-style signing & reading with deaf, deaf-blind, and hearing writers at the 2016 Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival.

Tuesday, Sept. 5: P2P 2017 Deadline

For more info: www.TXDisabilities.org/pen-2-paper

Special Announcement from the East Texas Writers Guild in Tyler, TX

Texas Mountain Trail Writers are invited to advertise their books FOR FREE on this website: http://www.b17.com/books/

The Eyes of Texas Call for Submissions

Texas has it all, from bustling big cities to sleepy small towns, and law enforcement alone can’t solve every crime. That’s where private eyes come in. They take the cases law enforcement can’t—or won’t. Private eyes may walk the mean streets of Dallas and Houston, but they also stroll through small West Texas towns where the secrets are sometimes more dangerous. Whether driving a Mustang or riding a Mustang, a private eye in Texas is unlike any other in the world.

The editor seeks private eye stories that represent the diversity of the Lone Star State. Stories may be set in West Texas, East Texas, the Mexican border, the Gulf Coast, the Panhandle, or anywhere in-between, and should represent the cultural, ethnic, gender, and political differences found throughout the state.

Deadline: November 30, 2017. Though rejections may occur at any point during the process, do not expect acceptance and rejection decisions until February 2018.

For more information: http://www.crimefictionwriter.com/TheEyesOfTexas.htm

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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