March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 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: We Love to Hate Bad Guys presented by Reba Cross Seals

Writing “Opportunity”:  Picture Writing Prompt! See more info and this month’s prompt below…

Refreshments: Jackie Siglin

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

The Steering Committee has been hard at work. We have been making sure that the business side of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers gets done.

Now after a year’s absence, we will have a Spring Conference! Let’s give a hand to the Steering Committee! Jacqueline Siglin, Reba Cross Seals, Elaine Davenport, Eleanor Taylor, and Darrell White. Enjoy the Conference! More information below…

Yes being the only male on the steering committee, I do get a word in edge wise!

Darrell White, TMTW Steering Committee

March Program: We Love to Hate Bad Guys

Beefing up your villain is the topic of the March program to be presented by Reba Cross Seals. How do you make evil likable? Do you need to? Reba will present ways to strengthen the antagonist in your story to make him more hated, or more loved. Attendees will get to sharpen their writing skills with short, fun exercises.

Fort Davis library will be the site of the March 15th meeting, and ones wishing to carpool should meet at 6:15 in the parking lot of Big Bend Telephone Co. Details about the upcoming April 23 Spring Retreat will be given. Get your registration in soon if you want to attend. Check with registrar, Jackie to see if all slots are filled, as they are going fast.

Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.


Picture Writing Prompt

Every Story Needs a Bad Guy, or Every Vulture Has a Mother

The March writing opportunity is to choose a villain from any story or book, and use him or her, or it, in a short story of your own. Keep it 500 words or fewer and bring it to the meeting to read aloud, or email it to Reba . Give your villain the winning personality of a vulture, a character only a mother could love.

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2016 TMTW One-Day Spring Retreat

The Texas Mountain Trail Writers’ organization is holding a one-day retreat for advanced and beginning authors on Saturday, April 23, at the Indian Lodge in Fort Davis. Daryl Scroggins will be facilitating the event. Mr. Scroggins is an experienced creative writing teacher who has won national awards and has been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals. Cost for the event is $50. For details regarding meeting times, topics for discussion, and registration, visit 2016 One-Day Spring Retreat.

Short Story Contest from Fabula Press

Dates: Contest opens on 01Jan16, and submissions will be accepted till 31Mar16. The results will tentatively be declared in Jun16.

Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
1. First Prize: US$250
2. Second Prize: US$150
3. Third Prize: US$100

All longlisted entries (top 10-15) get published in an anthology, and non-prize winning published entries will be paid US$50 each. Also, at the sponsors’ discretion additional prizes may be declared for ‘Editors’ Pick’ category (in the last edition of the contest four such prizes of US$50 each were declared).

Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based / alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.

Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000. At the editors’ discretion some latitude may be allowed on both minimum and maximum word counts for stories of exceptional merit.

Entry fee: US$10.

Judges: The panel of judges includes literary agents, authors and essayists.

Detailed guidelines are available at

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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