JUNE 2020 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement:   We normally do not meet during the summer months.  We will keep everyone posted as to when we can meet again.

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

Program: None

Moderator:  None

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

We do not meet during the summer months.  As things progress along we will keep everyone informed of next year’s schedule.

During these trying times in our nation, we hope that you are continuing to write your stories, enter contests, and working on your novel.  Writing is good therapy for everyone.  If nothing else, write down your feelings during this time of isolation and jot down your own opinions of how our world is changing.  We are seeing monumental changes everywhere and what history is being made.  Record your thoughts and ideas as to how we can make this world better!

Look forward to seeing everyone in the fall, hopefully!  Maybe we can share some of these stories, poems, or notes.

Robbie Ann Burns, TMTW Board Member

No Meeting during the summer months.

 Remember dues are due.  If you have not paid for the 2020-21 year, please submit to Robbie Burns, 1503 W. Fort Davis Ave., Alpine, TX  79830 or through the website using PayPal.

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 Robbie 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 .

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

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Reba Seals

Inspirational Quotes:

“You can, you should and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” Stephen King

“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” Ernest Hemingway

Announcing the Memorial Summer Memorial Writing Contest

Texas Mountain Trail Writers is offering three prizes for writing to honor the memory of a member of our writing community.  Most recently, Gwynne Jamieson was a member of TMTW, as well as many area service organizations.  She served the Alpine community in various functions, most notably in promoting the continuation of Amtrak and stocking the passenger area of the S.P. depot with books for a passenger’s journey.  Gwynne, being a Master Naturalist, also was instrumental in revitalizing the Alpine railroad park garden with native plants. 

The Steering Committee of TMTW is soliciting compositions on the following subjects:  service in the community, nature, gardening, and books

Works may be submitted as poetry, nonfiction, essay, fiction, or script.  Poetry is accepted up to 36 lines in any form or style, while all other genres are permitted between 500 and 800 words.  Do not place your name on your entry.  Please submit your work in the following format:

Times New Roman font, 12-point font size, pdf format via e-mail to Jerri Garza- NO LATER THAN August 20, 2020.  All TMTW current paid (April 2020) members may submit only one entry, any genre.  Extreme political opinion, explicitly sexual, or racial  submissions, or those containing profanity are not appropriate.

 Prizes offered are $50, $30, $20.  All acceptable works will be circulated among members who will vote for three of their favorite entries.  Two judges will be appointed by the Steering Committee to review and tally votes.  If there is a tie for the awards, judges will request another vote for the finalists.  Winners will be announced in the September 2020 Log of the Trail newsletter.

 TMTW members continues to express our messages of hope in working through struggles during the pandemic.

Jerri Garza, for TMTW Steering Committee

Chaos Cover Photos

We will be sending out a separate email to members  with the photos that were submitted for our Chaos Cover.  Please return your vote for your choice.  There will be a deadline in the email. 


On the news front, in December, 2019, I was published in “Just Twelve More Poems and other works“, the first anthology of LitGarden Writers, a Buffalo, NY area group that has been meeting for many years.  I’ve attended meetings the last 2 years when in Western NY and they decided to put their work in print.  In my 3-piece submission, I tied-in our local Chaos connecting my Texas experiences with being born and raised in Buffalo.


Dianne Goettel –Check out this site – www.blacklawrencepress.com.  They offer critiques of one’s manuscript by different experts.

5th Annual Authors Marketing Event is FREE & Online this year!

Due to COVID19, we want to take the extra measures of protecting authors and understanding that the virus has financially hurt many authors, we have chosen to offer our event for FREE for the first time.

Simply complete the registration form and we will connect you to the event scheduled for July 25 & 26, 2020.  http://2020.AuthorsMarketingGuild.com 

On the left side of the website are links to the presenters and the classes they will be teaching. We wanted to give you a wide range of information and benefits to help you through this difficult time and to give you the tools to come out of it successfully.


Alan Bourgeois


We hope this email finds you healthy and well. 

Please let me introduce SEZ Publishing. We are a small publisher. This is our fifth year of creating short story collections. https://sezpublishing.com/

Your members are invited to submit their writing to us for consideration.

Thank you for sharing our information. 

Kate & Sam 

Editors @ SEZ 



Short Stories appropriate for world-wide audiences.

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller (not horror).


Each story in the upcoming anthology will include characters encountering ghosts at some point in the story.  
Poetry: 1-3 poems; typed. 

Fiction/Non-fiction: 500-7500 words; typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman. Please submit all written work as WORD DOC file. 

Please let us know that you are submitting and give permission for SEZ to publish your work in our anthology. 

Authors receive copy.

All authors and poets must be 18+

Submit on or before JULY 1, 2020

Submit to:   sezpublishing[at]hotmail[dot]com



Hope this message finds you, your family and your group healthy.

Please forward to all women writers in your group. Women writers, submit your true, short story for consideration of publication in a Kaleidoscope Wojo™ anthology.  

Ladies get those pens and laptops ready.  We recently started our next writing contest.  Below is a brief description.  When you are ready to get started click here


Lessons from the Pandemic

Submission Deadline: 08/01/20           Announcement Date: 08/17/20

We may not be out of the woods by a long stretch, but most of us are learning to live with our current reality in new and varied ways.  What are you learning during this time?  What is this experience triggering in your coping abilities, overall outlook in general, and any other insights you may be experiencing?  We would like to read stories that cross the many reactions that people are having; the humorous to the profound and everything in between.  

We will again be offering a $100 prize for the best essay and will also recognize the Runner-up and Honorable Mention entries by publishing them online via our website. 

If you have not had a chance to read our stories visit our Winners’ Circle – https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/winners-circle

Also, if you’ve submitted a story and haven’t filled out a Writer’s Interview and would like to be featured in the Writers Spotlight section of the website, please let us know so we can provide you the form to complete.  Email us at .

Have you seen our weekly blog?  Check it out. https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/blog.  You click to comment and participate in the conversation.

Stay tune for some exciting Anthology News.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Write on!–

Kaleidoscope Team – Marianne, Deb & Tom

Kaleidoscope WoJo™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

#kaleidoscopeWoJo #kaleidoscopeWoJoWomensJourneys #PersonalMemoirs

Ways Writing Can Help You Cope With Stress, Anxiety, And Feeling Overwhelmed

Writer’s Relief, Inc.
(866) 405-3003

Marketing Can Be Fun 
 When we conducted a survey of over 1,000 authors last year, marketing was the one area that authors universally found the most challenging.  In this month’s post, we address why marketing can feel so daunting and how to develop a positive marketing framework that plays to your strengths.

Written Word Media + PublishDrive
 We’ve partnered with PublishDrive to make editorial submissions and scheduling promotions easily available to PublishDrive authors. PublishDrive provides free ebook conversion, global distribution and a price promotion scheduling tool to its authors. 

Kinga Jentetics, CEO of Publish Drive, dug into her company’s trove of data and shares best practices when it comes to running effective price promos. 

Promote Your Steamy Romance Audiobook

You can now promote audiobooks on Red Feather Romance. The audiobook feature is a great way to drive Audible credit redemptions as well as audiobook sales on Amazon, Apple, Google Play and more. Now that’s what we call more bang for your book! 

Schedule Your Spring Promos
Promo inventory is now open through June. Book your dates while they are still available!

Book A Freebooksy Promotion

Book A Bargain Booksy Promotion

Book A NewInBooks Promotion

Book A Red Feather Romance Promotion

Book A Reading Stacks Promotion 

Here’s what bestselling Author Ann Omasta had to say about promoting with Written Word Media (Thanks Ann!):

“I can’t recommend Written Word Media enough. My promos with WWM consistently get great results, and they go the extra mile by checking in on ad performance and giving more than expected. Authors, if you haven’t yet promoted a special with WWM, give them a try. You’ll be glad you did!” – Ann Omasta 

What We’re Reading 

Some articles of interest for authors from around the web:

How Authors Can Calculate Series Read Through – Kindlepreneur

The Hottest New Literary Genre is ‘Doomer Lit’ – Wired

4 Reasons to Spend Time With ‘Bad’ Books – Susann Cokal

Coronavirus Reading List – The Guardian 

The Saturday Evening Post – Great American Fiction Contest

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2021 Great American Fiction Contest.

In its nearly two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others.

Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s Ninth Annual Great American Fiction Contest.

“This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers,” says Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them.”

The winning story will be published in the January/February 2021 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $200 and will also have their stories featured online.

Submission Guidelines

Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long.

All stories must be previously unpublished (excluding personal website and/or blog publication).

No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes.

All stories must be submitted by their author in print or in Microsoft Word or PDF format with author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page.


Entries should be character- or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction.

Think local. The Post has historically played a role in defining what it means to be an American. Your story should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: Celebrating America — past, present, and future.

All entries must be received electronically or be postmarked by July 1, 2020.

There is a $10 entry fee, which helps defray a portion of the cost of operating the contest.

May 2020

Can You Share Our Call for Entries?

Now Open: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

I’m getting in touch from the internationally recognised Aesthetica Creative Writing Award to ask if you could share our call for entries with your audiences? The 2020 competition is now open and we’re looking for new writing talent.

Running for over a decade, the Creative Writing Award presents both emerging and established writers with an opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences.

Open to Poetry and Short Fiction entries from both UK and international writersthe award is supported by some of the biggest names in the literary world, including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE, Bloodaxe Books and Redhammer Management.

Prizes include: £1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication within the inspiring Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologywhich is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the prestigious judging panel.

We’re proud to champion new writing talent. We want to make sure as many writers know about the Creative Writing Award as possible. It would be great if you could let your followers know that entries are now open for the 2020 Award. 

    • Suggested copy for Social Media: Further your involvement in the literary world with our friends at @AestheticaMag. The Creative Writing Award is now open for entries. Submit your #Poetry and #ShortFiction work and win £1,000 + publication within an inspiring anthology. Find out more: https://bit.ly/1NBc3Ov 

    • Twitter: @AestheticaMag
    • Instagram: @AestheticaMag
    • Facebook: @AestheticaMagazine


Thank you in advance for sharing. We’d also be happy to send across posters and flyers for free, so that you can help us spread the word even further.

To request CLICK HERE, and simply let us know where to post them.

For more information please visit our website, or feel free to drop me an email if you wish to discuss partnership opportunities.

Warmest Regards,


Kathryn Pearson
Marketing and Administration Assistant

Aesthetica Magazine

PO Box 371


YO23 1WL, UK

(0044) (0)1904 629 137


Author News and Resources

Some links of interest for authors from around the web:

10% off Editing Services for Your Book

Editorial Services of LA

EDITORIAL SERVICES OF LOS ANGELES offers everything from line editing with a detailed and specific critique letter + free query letter edit, to self-publishing edit and book page layout, to ghostwriting, book packaging, and creative and developmental literary consulting.

More Info:  https://workshop-directory.com/writing/10-off-editing-services-for-your-book/

Websites using images to assist with writing:

Thanks to Reba Seal’s submittal:  It’s called Visual Hunt and it finds photos of Creative Commons and public domain images. Hope this info helps you now or in the future.

Teacher Treasures: Picture Quick Writes, Picture Narratives- https://www.teachertreasures.com/2018/1/22/photo-writing-prompts/

Writing Forward: Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery- https://www.writingforward.com/writing-prompts/creative-writing-prompts/creative-writing-prompts-for-crafting-compelling-imagery

The Balance Careers: Photographs as Creative Writing Prompts- https://www.thebalancecareers.com/photographs-as-writing-prompts-1277698

Check out :

Lone Star Literary Life Holiday Gift Guide : lonestarliterary.com

            NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo.org.

Writers’ League of Texas 2020 Manuscript of Texas Contest – http://www.writersleague.org/

WWA Membership News – Fall 2019  https://westernwriters.org/

           Written Word Media https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/

I’d like to invite all members to view our television series entitled “In Search of the West Texas Wordsmith,” which airs every Saturday at 3:00 P.M. over the Basin PBS station.  Each episode is a 30-minute interview with a West Texas writer.  Hope you’ll join us! – Tom Parks, host

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:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Rights and Trail Bits to .










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