Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Arkansas Writer Brenda Black’s Memoir Garners Awards

Arkansas writer Brenda Clem Black’s memoir about her husband’s family, Black & Kiddo: A True Story of Dust, Determination, and Cowboy Dreams(Et Alia Press, 2018) has been garnering awards since its publication in August 2018.

The book took top honors at the annual awards banquet of the Ozarks Writers League in Branson, where it was […]

How To Banish WAS and WERE from Your Writing

GUEST POST by Arkansas writer Barbara Youree

Probably the most useful verb in our English language is to be and its forms (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been), yet its overuse can be problematic.

Was and were are the main culprits for writers. The overuse of these two forms present a trap for […]

Authors Festival Application Deadline November 1 2019

The 2020 Authors Festival at Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Missouri is scheduled for February 1, 2020.

The deadline to apply for speaking slots and tables is November 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in December.

Authors with books to sell can apply to speak at the event. A limited number of […]

Nancy Hartney Winner at WriterCon 2019

Arkansas writer Nancy Hartney’s flash fiction piece, “The Barn, Day after the Funeral,” earned the number two slot at WriterCon 2019 in Oklahoma City over the Labor Day weekend.

Nancy has published two short story collections, Washed in the Water and if the creek don’t rise.Both books are available through Pen-L Publishers, Barnes and Noble, […]

Two-week Residency at Dairy Hollow Available to Writer on Specialized Topic

Michelle Hannon, Executive Director of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, has announced the availability of a new fellowship at the Colony.

The award will go to a writer who is working on a short or long work of non-fiction focusing on mental illness, either that of the writer or of someone […]

Maeve Maddox Interviewed by Kyle Kellams

As he has done for her previous language guides, Kyle Kellams interviewed Arkansas writer and teacher Maeve Maddox about her latest publication, The Pronoun Book, on Fayetteville’s local NPR station, KUAF (Ozarks at Large, July 30, 2019).

Kyle Kellams, a broadcaster who values Standard English

In gratitude, and in recognition of Kellams’ interest […]

Bernhardt’s WriterCon August 30, 2019

For the most part, I try to keep the posts on ArkansasWriters third-person neutral, but for this one I’m making an exception. (It is my website, after all.)

Like most of my Arkansas writer colleagues, I’ve attended plenty of writers’ conferences, some of them excellent, some of them—not so much.

If you’re looking for […]

Kaleidoscope Short Story Contest for Women Only

Write while the keyboard is clear!

Kaleidoscope is a publishing project for women, mostly online. Its purpose is to anthologize short stories and memoirs that capture a uniquely female experience.

The current short story contest, “Summer Vacation,” ends August 8, 2019. The winner and honorable mentions will be announced on September 2, 2019. […]

Mark Poe Story Featured in Gravel Literary Magazine

“Prayer for the Mailman,” a short story by Arkansas writer Mark Poe, appears in the May 2019 issue of Gravel: A Literary Journal, a publication of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

A native of Black Oak, Arkansas, Mark writes Southern Gothic and stories based on his youth. […]

Brenda Black Finalist for 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award

Black & Kiddo: A True Story of Dust, Determination, and Cowboy Dreamsby Arkansas author Brenda Clem Black, has been named as one of five finalists for the 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award in the category of Western Bios and Memoirs.

The Will Rogers Medallion Award was created originally to recognize quality works of cowboy poetry. […]