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2018 Red Sneakers Conference Contest Winners

Arkansas writers Nancy Hartney and Maeve Maddox ranked among the winners of the 2018 Red Sneakers Conference writing contest.

Maeve Maddox

Maeve Maddox took First Place in the Flash Fiction category with a Christmas story named “Priorities.”

Nancy Hartney’s submissions earned recognition in

Nancy Hartney

Fiction and Flash Fiction.

Held in Oklahoma City, the 2018 Red Sneakers conference took place August 30-September 4 and was sponsored by New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt and the Write Well, Sell Well literary group.

Here is the complete list of contest winners:

Flash Fiction
WINNER: Maeve Maddox, “Priorities.”
1st Runner-up: Storme Maynard, “Shooter.”
2nd Runner-up: Nancy Hartney, “One Clean Shot.”

Poetry
WINNER: Shari Heinrich, “Forever.”
1st Runner-up: Karen Jo Bullock, “Sacred Land.”
2nd Runner-up: Macie Craven-Tims, “When the Words Appear.”

Writing for Young Readers
WINNER Shari Heinrich, “What Eve is This?”
1st Runner-up: Jeris Hamm, “Sunny’s Dark Day.”
2nd Runner-up: Doris Degner-Foster, “The Mystery of the Disappearing Horses.”

Nonfiction
WINNER: Cameron Herrin, “Federal Overreach.”
1st Runner-up: Carol Mersch, “Guilty When Black.”
2nd Runner-up: Christie Lee, “Oh, No, Not at My Age!”

Fiction
WINNER: Paul Wesselhoft, “Sophie.”
1st Runner-up: Storme Maynard, “The Tattoo Murders.”
2nd Runner-up: Nancy Hartney, “The Blue Bottle Tree.”
Honorable Mention: Rita Ouelliette, “In the Crow’s Nest.”
Honorable Mention: Nelda Holliman-Paden, “The First Job.”
Honorable Mention: Gloria Baumann, “The Orange Bracelet.”

Novels
WINNER: Annabelle (Dando) McCormack, Into the Sullen Dark.
1st Runner-up: David Knapp, Battleground Paradise.
2nd Runner-up: Macie Craven-Tims, The Barky Bunch Doggie Day Care
Honorable Mention: Kristy Dewberry, The Chubby Club.

Winning submissions in the first five categories will be published in the February 2019 issue of Conclave literary magazine.

Winner of the Novel category has been offered a publishing contract with Babylon Books.

Louisiana Writers’ Conference October 13, 2018

The Bayou Writers Group is sponsoring a one-day conference called “A Bridge to Publication Writing” on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Featured speakers are L. Diane Wolfe, John M. Floyd, Gina Ardito, Michael Bracken, and Jerica Guillory. They will speak on marketing, short story writing, editing, copywriting, and writing for children.

For […]

2018 Kauai Writers Conference

Arkansas writers with the leisure and the loot will be interested in the 2018 Kauai Writers Conference scheduled for November 9-11 at the Marriott Hotel in Kauai, Hawaii.

Names on the faculty include Jane Smiley, Garth Stein, and Scott Turow.

Numbering among the literary agents and editors scheduled to be present are Molly Friedrich, Alia […]

Ozark Writers League August 2018 Meeting Branson, MO

OWL members and guests focus on “Author Power, Pitches, and Promotion” at the August 18 meeting in Branson, Missouri’s Honeysuckle Inn. A full lineup of speakers, publishers, and agents offer individual pitch sessions, craft presentations, and how-to experiences on Saturday. For more information and details check out https://www.ozarkswritersleague.com/

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Mooty on Dyess 12 August 2018 at Faylib

Kyle Mooty

Kyle Mooty will be the featured speaker at the Fayetteville Library Sunday, 12 August 2018 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Walker Community Room.

Mooty will read from his new book, New Set of Downs: How Johnny Dyess Fought off His Greatest Would-Be Tackler and Returned to Winning Ways.

Mooty’s book […]

Mississippi Writers Retreat October 2018

Writer at the Homestead Center. Time to write is included in the Writers Retreat.

Writers looking for a few days free from the interruptions of day-to-day living may want to attend the four-day Writers’ Weekend Retreat in Mississippi October 18—October 21, 2018.

Location of the retreat is the Homestead Education Center, Starkville, Mississippi.

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Southern Comfort with Nancy Hartney

Nancy Hartney, Southern writer par excellence.

If you don’t yet know this Southern writer, you can get a taste of her inimitable style by reading her credentials and three poems in the current edition of Dead Mule Poems.

So far, Hartney has also published two collections of short stories set in the South: Washed […]

Stephen Koch Concludes 2018 FPL Author Series July 7

Stephen Koch, author and host of Arkansongs on KUAF.

IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE LIBRARY ON JULY 7, YOU CAN WATCH THIS EVENT VIA THE LIBRARY’S LIVE STREAM SITE

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26 June 2018 “We Wanna Boogie” at the Fayetteville Library at 6 p.m.

Marvin Schwartz

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Schwartz’s story offers a portrait of a rock ‘n roll […]

Winners of the 2018 Maureen Egen Award

Back in the Fall of 2017, ArkansasWriters reported that Arkansas was chosen as the 2018 participating state for the 2018 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award.

Now we can announce the winners: Joshua Idaszak for fiction and Anushah Jiwani for poetry.

Joshua Idaszak (left) and Anushah Jiwani (right) are the winners of the 2018 Writers […]