And the Winner Is…

WF Contest

We had some very close guesses for the photo contest. The most common guess was that all the books in the photo were written by Writers Forum members, but neither Murry Taylor nor Horst Christian are members. Another good guess was that they are all authors who were at the Authors Fair last November, but Murry Taylor was not there.

The correct answer is more general: all of the books in the photo were written by local authors. Two Writers Forum members had the correct answer:

Mel Reese, and Edna Eades.


Thank you everybody for playing!

A (biased) Contest…

What do all of these books have in common?

WF Contest

A Contest Offering

If you think you have the answer, email the Editor at:

Considering our budget, the only prize will be getting your name in the next newsletter, and extra newsletter copies if you would like them.

The answer will be announced at the June meeting.

You can view or download all of the newsletter at:

or past newsletters at:

Reminder about Happy Spot…

What puts you in your writing ‘happy spot’?

The Newsletter Editor challenged members to relate or take a pic of their Happy Spot for writing or reflecting.

We are about to open the topic to our Facebook followers. Send us a description or a photo of your happy spot (reading/writing nook, under a favorite tree in the garden), and we can share it here with everyone.

Send it to, and see it in the next newsletter. If you prefer good ol’ snail mail send it to Editor, c/o PO Box 492282, Redding, CA 96049-2282.

Is Your Story Short???

Rcvd this as email this morn…


Fellow writers,

One of the best ways to gain credibility as a writer and build your writing resume (especially if your publishing credentials are currently thin) is to win a credible writing competition. And right now, through Writer’s Digest you can do that with just 1,500 words of fiction.

That’s right—Just 1,500 words! Here’s how:

It’s time to enter our 16th Annual Short Short Writing Competition. Whether it’s a story you’ve been working on for years or one you write tonight, all you need is a short work of fiction that is 1,500 words or fewer to submit it right away. It’s that easy. Prizes for the winner of this competition include:

  • $3,000 in cash
  • Your short story title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference (where I’d love to meet you)!
  • A copy of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection
  • A copy of the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • And more!

Plus, all entrants will receive access to our February 23, 2016, webinar “Short Story to Story Collection: How to Craft a Collection of Short Fiction That Gets Published and Sells,” a $49 value at no extra cost.

I’ve helped judge this competition for years and, I admit, it’s one of my favorites to read through. Being able to write a good short (short) story can be a challenge, but if you have a fun idea and run with it, who knows what can happen. But you can’t win unless you enter. The deadline for this competition is January 15, 2016, so enter now before it’s too late!

Take care of yourself and your writing,
Brian A. Klems
Senior Online Editor, Writer’s Digest

To enter visit:


Note: There is a $25 entry fee.

Looking for Audio Submissions

The Missouri Review is looking for your short audio documentaries, stories, poems, and humor pieces for their 2015 Audio Contest. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner in each category.

Your pay-by-donation entry fee includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, complete with a bonus audio version of the magazine.

Winners and select runners-up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of their Soundbooth podcast series. Submissions will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with a guest judge.

This opportunity is open to both emerging and established artists—they are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why it is important to pass on the word to writers

Deadline: March 15th, 2015.

For details, or to submit, please visit their website: audiovisual/submissions/

The Missouri Review

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211