May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May End-of-Year Potluck Autograph Party will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, starting at 6 p.m. at the home of Reba and David Seals in Sunny Glen, just outside Alpine. (See more information below.)

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

Refreshments: It’s a Pot Luck!

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

May End-of-Year Potluck Autograph Party  Shouldn’t Be Missed!!

Yea! Time to celebrate another great year of Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

On May 26, Saturday, at 6 p.m. members and guests will gather in the back yard of the home of Reba and David Seals in Sunny Glen. Our annual Chaos West of the Pecos journal should be in, and will be distributed then. We’ll autograph our works and enjoy having others autograph theirs in our personal books.

Bring a favorite potluck dish to share, and we’ll enjoy the evening together. Directions will be sent on request. Bring your sweetie or a friend!

We’ve enjoyed nine months of informative and enjoyable meetings with supportive friends who love words as we do, and who are eager to learn and share knowledge. So, now, time to party. See you soon!

Remember to try out the May Writing Opportunity and bring what you have to read to us.

Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Home of Reba and David Seals (Directions provided upon request. Email for directions.)
Potluck: Please RSVP to Reba at and let her know what you plan to bring. (Remember the year of the five potato salads???)

We hope all our members, and sweeties and/or friends, will attend this happy event. Good friends, good food, good fun! See you soon!

PS: If you can’t attend, the 2018 Chaos will be mailed to you after the party. (Each member is entitled to one copy – mailed at no cost to you.) There are a few extra copies available. $12 if you buy them in person, $15 if they are mailed.

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 .

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

Submitted by Pam Breithaupt

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Submitted by Jerri Garza

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

Second Annual Native American Cultural Symposium

This June (6/14-6/17), the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville, Arkansas, is hosting the second annual Native American Cultural Symposium, and we couldn’t be more excited!  Amid all of the exciting events, publisher Sam Scinta from Fulcrum Press will be putting on two free Writing Workshops.

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the museum at 479-273-2456.  Our website,, has further information as well.

Nimrod Journal’s Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers.

This contest offers prizes of $500 and publication in both the poetry and the fiction categories, and it is open only to writers who have had no more than two previous publications in the genre in which they are submitting.

One of the oldest “little magazines” in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956.  We have always been dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature, and we offer the Francine Ringold Awards as an opportunity for writers at the same place in their writing careers to compete only against each other.

For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at

The postmark deadline for submission is July 15th.

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:

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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