Summer Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

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

Summer Writing Thoughts from the TMTW Steering Committee

What’s New:
Ahhhh, summer. A season for slowing down, taking it easy, and checking out what’s new in the reading world! Take a peek at this list of highly recommended recent fiction and nonfiction. With novels, memoirs, and just about everything in between, there’s something to please every reading taste:

Call for Submissions:
The lazy days of summer can also be a great time for us writers to hunker down in front of the A/C (or in the shade) and hone our craft! Check out these contests and opportunities:

The Bethune & Son Annual Texas Short Story Competition. Their 2019 theme: “Black Gold”. 5,000 word limit, cash prizes offered. Submissions due August 2, 2019. For more details, visit

Frontier Poetry’s 2019 Frontier Industry Prize for emerging and/or unpublished poets. Deadline July 15, 2019. More details at

And: stay tuned for a special upcoming announcement of our very own Texas Mountain Trail Writers’ Summer Writing Challenge contest! 500 word limit, and rumor has it there may be a pot of gold for a lucky winner! Writers, sharpen your pencils!

Inspiring and Educational Quotes:
“The best writers don’t write well. They write badly more often.” – Jacob Krueger

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King

Rachel Barrett, Steering Committee Member

Photo Writing Prompts – 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 four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Pam Breithaupt

Request for Submissions: Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

We are hoping that you might have some women in your group who would be interested in submitting to an ongoing anthology.  All information on the themes we are looking for can be found on our website

We also have a Facebook page and hope that you might take a moment to like us.

Marianne Chester, Co-Founder, Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

Ireland Writing Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat inspiration weeks are built as creative writing vacations with a difference – scenic walks, expeditions to historical sites, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all providing rich material for specific writing assignments which are then discussed with tutors.

Please note – we can only accommodate a maximum of ten participants for every session, so as to guarantee the kind of personalized experience the retreat is renown for.

The above discount is valid only for your members who register for next year’s retreat before the above mentioned date and they must mention the code IWR19 in their message.

Columbia Hillen
Retreat Coordinator

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.

The postmark deadline for submission is July 15th.

For information:

Kallisto Gaia Press presents our Summer Writing Contests in poetry and short fiction.

The prize for first place in each contest is now $1000.00 and we are now giving a second prize of $100.00.

The Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize will be judged by Natalia Trevino. Send us your best three poems up to 65 lines each. Winner receives $1000, a two year subscription to Duotrope, and publication in The Ocotillo Review Volume 4.1. Second Place receives $100.00, and publication in The Ocotillo Review Volume 4.1. All entrants receive a copy of The Ocotillo Review Volume 4.1 and are considered for publication. Everyone we publish is offered monetary compensation. All work must be previously unpublished. There is a $20 entry fee.

Submissions deadline is August 20, 2019.

For information,

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Open for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. The Prize, now in its 13th year, is organised by the art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. Every year, we support both emerging and established writers and through the Prize, we offer publication in an anthology that is an inspiring collection of narrative and poetic forms.

The winners also receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Aesthetica offers opportunities to creative practitioners working in various media through two further awards including: Aesthetica Art Prize and the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF). We are passionate about supporting new creative voices across a range of disciplines and this is at the heart of everything that we do.

Submissions are open until 31 August 2019.

For information, go to:

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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