March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm and get there a few minutes early!

Program: One Good Twist Deserves Another presented by Reba Cross Seals

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

Refreshments: Pam Breithaupt

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

One Good Twist Deserves Another

The Tuesday, March 21, meeting at 7 pm of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers promises a unique program by author, Reba Cross Seals.

“It was a good book, but I had the plot figured out by the middle.” Have you ever said those words? Have you ever been disappointed at the conclusion of a good story?

“Writing with a Twist” is the topic in which writers will explore ways to turn the expected character action into a surprise for the reader. The meeting will be at the Fort Davis library, as it is on alternate months, and all persons interested in carpooling should meet in the parking lot of Big Bend Telephone Company by 6:20. For more information, call 432-364-2399 or 432-837-2919. Guests are welcome.

Fiction Writers Bonanza!

Kay Ellington and Dr. Barbara Brannon of Paragraph Ranch

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.

Reba Cross Seals, Steering Committee of TMTW

March Writing Opportunity

The March writing opportunity guidelines are: 500 words or less, Times New Roman 12 point font. May be read at the meeting on February 21, at the Alpine Public Library. You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in The Chaos. Email it to Kip Piper at

Three writing prompts, should you like to use them, are:

Look what the wind blew in

Just make the phone call!

A thousand miles away

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you. Just write and enjoy! And thanks for being part of our writing community.

Eleanor Taylor

Catch Our Drift Productions – DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Genre: Non-fiction
Length: 1,000 to 2,000 words
Deadline extended to: April 15, 2017
More info:

Catch Our Drift Productions is producing a compilation of short stories that aims to make a difference in the lives of readers … and writers.

39 Signs of Hope, coming in the fall of 2017, is a collection of stories from writers around the world. Whether facing personal challenges, trying to combat environmental threats or dealing with global unrest, people rely on hope to help them through difficult situations.

“So many writers have compelling stories,” says Sheila Cameron, co-founder of Catch Our Drift Productions. “By sharing those stories, contributing writers will offer comfort to readers seeking a greater sense of hope or purpose in their lives.”

39 Signs of Hope will be published under a hybrid publishing model, wherein the publisher and selected authors will share in both the cost of production and the opportunity to sell books. “Many writers don’t have the experience or means to publish their stories,” says Mark Cameron, also a co-founder. “Similarly, small-scale publishers have limited resources for working with multiple authors and reaching readers. This new model is a win-win plan to fill a gap between independent authors and publishers, who are both working with small budgets.”

Each selected author will make a financial contribution toward production costs in exchange for having their work professionally edited and designed. They will also receive 20 trade paperback copies with an option to buy additional books at a wholesale price. Catch Our Drift Productions will contribute 39% of profit from e-book and print-on-demand sales from 39 Signs of Hope to a registered charity that is voted on by contributing authors.

Catch Our Drift Productions is accepting submissions (1,000 to 2,000 words) until April 15, 2017. There is no fee to submit a story. For more information, visit

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

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:

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:

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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