April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Activity Room at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine, TX.

Program: Using Body Language and Movement as a Sixth Sense when Writing Fiction, presented by Elaine Davenport

Photo Writing Prompts: NEW! Members’ Photos (See description below)

Moderator: Robbie Ray

Refreshments: Melodie Crummett

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Our meeting is April 28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at WTNB.  The program is by Elaine Davenport.

A reminder that our dues are due annually in April — $20. Click here for more information and to pay online.

I found some writing tips from the early 2000s when I was a member of the Cisco Writing Club where they used Connie Emerson’s  The 30-Minute Writer.

(1) Rise half an hour earlier;
(2) Go to bed half an hour later;
(3) Spend half your lunch hour researching;
(4) Think/plan/troubleshoot while you exercise;
(5) Turn your conversations into research.

I was going to say we don’t need time-saving tips if we’re retired but then I remembered the famous retirement time warp and know that we do.

Robbie Ray, Steering Committee of TMTW


Using Body Language and Movement as a Sixth Sense when Writing Fiction

Presented at the West Texas National Bank
by Elaine Davenport

Elaine Davenport will present a program on using body language and movement as a sixth sense when writing fiction. Audience participation will be encouraged through directed discussion. Ms. Davenport has won writing contests and holds a Master of Arts degree from Sul Ross State University.

Visitors Always Welcome!

Photo Writing Prompts NEW! for 2018 – Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Kip for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please have images at high resolution for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

April’s four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Nimrod Journal

Greetings from Nimrod International Journal. I’m with a reminder that the submission deadline for the 40th annual Nimrod Literary Award is coming up on April 30th.  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.

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. The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. This year’s judges are Patricia Smith in poetry and Rilla Askew in fiction.

The postmark deadline for this year’s Awards is April 30th, 2018.  For more information aboutNimrod and to submit online, visit https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit.

Welsh Poetry Competition 2018

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!

Judge – Sally Spedding

1st prize – £500
2nd Prize – £250
3rd Prize – £100

plus 17 runners up published on website and future anthology

£5 per poem (£6 PayPal) / 50 lines maximum

Entry forms, rules, past winners, anthologies available from our website

Closing date – 27th May 2018


Aesthetica Creative Writing Award: Call for Entries

Celebrating excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, the Creative Writing Award, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine, supports and nurtures new writing talent. The renowned award presents a fantastic opportunity for writers to further their involvement in the literary world.

Creative Writing Award Prizes include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage

There are two categories to enter; Poetry and Short Fiction. Works previously published are accepted and there are no limitations on themes or subject matters. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines and Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words.

Submissions close 31 August 2018.

For more information:

Pen 2 Paper 2018 is open!

February is here, and we are pleased to announce that the 2018 annual Pen 2 Paper (P2P) Writing Competition is open! We’re excited for our 9th year of disability-focused fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics—and we hope you are, too!

Deadline: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Here’s the link for more information:

Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Contest
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
1716 San Antonio St.
Austin, TX 78701

Kauai Writers Conference

The Kauai Writers Conference offers keynote talks by distinguished authors, workshops, as well as master classes, and opportunities to  meet one-on-one with literary agents, editors, and other publishing experts. The events are set on Kauai’s beautiful Kalapaki Beach. The faculty is truly world-class in talent and diversity of genres, with areas of expertise ranging from fiction and poetry, to screenwriting and playwriting, to narrative nonfiction and memoir. Each faculty member was nominated and selected by their peers as being not only an extraordinary writer, but also as an outstanding teacher of writing. We believe the careful attention that went into selecting each author is unrivaled by any other writing conference.

Master Classes: November 5-8, 2018

2018 Conference: November 9-11, 2018

To learn more and register:

Braggin’ Rights

Billy Bonney aka The Kid

Recently published novel by Frank Carden / Flat Sole Publisher (Paperback available on Amazon)

“1875, Silver City, New Mexico Territory

It didn’t matter that the deputy sheriff tried to sexually assault her. Wilma killed a lawman.

Now on the run, she needed a disguise. Dressing in her brother’s old clothes, Wilma changed her name to William (Billy for short) and took the last name of her step-dad in New York. Billy Bonney rode into the history books, a gunslinger with twenty-two notches on a Colt forty-one, a legend, even during her short life.”

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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