Summer Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: NO SUMMER MEETINGS! See you again in September!

Summer Writing Thoughts from the TMTW Steering Committee

The 2017-2018 Chaos West of the Pecos publication debuted on May 26 at the end-of-season meeting. The weather and company were grand, and fabulous food foretold the first viewing of a fabulous publication.

Writers’ meetings will resume in September at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine. Those of you who have not picked up copies of Chaos can get them then. Only a dozen copies remain after those reserved for active members. If you want extra copies, you may purchase them for $10.00 each at that meeting or contact Robbie Ray at .

Please consider volunteering for presenting programs, serving refreshments or monitoring meetings. Meetings alternate monthly between Alpine and the public library in Fort Davis, beginning with September in Alpine.

Meanwhile, keep your pens and keyboards moving. Margaret Atwood wrote this advice for writing in Negotiating with the Dead:

“Look behind you.
“You are not alone.
“Watch out for the snakes.
“Watch out for the Zeitgeist – it is not always your friend.
“Keats was not killed by a bad review.
“Don’t permit yourself to be ambushed.”
And finally and absolutely: “Get back on the horse that threw you.”

Anyone reading Atwood’s list would think writing is an adventure full of danger and surprise. Isn’t it?

Robbie Ray, Steering Committee Member

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 .

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

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Kallisto Gaia Press presents:

The 2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize

A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a poem of up to 65 lines. Submit up to three poems of no more than 65 lines each with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the prize winning poem. Carrie Fountain will judge.  A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to Cancer Research at  M. D. Anderson Hospital.  See for details

The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize

A prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019 will be awarded for a short story. Submit one story of less than 4200 words with a $20.00 entry fee by August 20, 2018. All entries will be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of the journal containing the winning story. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho will judge. A portion of any revenue generated will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. See www.kallistogaiapress for details.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries

Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, supporting new writing talent and presents a fantastic opportunity for writers to further their involvement in the literary world.

Publication is awarded within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, included a winner from each category. The winners are also presented with further opportunities to expand their careers: £1,000 cash prize each, a consultation with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage Books.

Previously published works are accepted and there are no limitations on themes or subject matters.

Submission Costs: Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £14

Entries close 31 August 2018. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit

Timeless Wisdom International Writing Challenge 2018. Free entry!

Entries are now open for the 2018 Timeless Wisdom International Writing Challenge.

This competition brings together writers aged 60 and over from around the world, with a focus on non-fiction short stories which share some of the wisdom that can only be acquired through age.

Selected entries will be collated into up to four books according to the themes below, and published in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand by Exisle Publishing, an established mainstream publishing house with over 25 years of publishing experience.

This is a fantastic opportunity for both new and practiced writers to share a powerful message with thousands of readers, see your name in print, and contribute to a beautifully produced book that your friends and family will treasure.

Entries Close September 28th, 2018.

For Themes, Criteria, Entry Instructions and other information, visit

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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