Siloam Springs Writer Workshop September 20, 2008

The Siloam Springs Writers will hold their annual fall workshop and writing contest on September 20, 2008 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Open to the public, the event will be held at the New Senior Activity Center, 750 Heritage Court off Tulsa Street, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. An admission fee of $5.00 includes the luncheon and an entry for the Gertrude Jesser Award for an inspirational poem. Submissions will be taken at the door.

The speaker and judge for the morning prose workshop will be published author, Carol Russell of Fort Scott, Kansas.  

The poetry speaker and judge for the afternoon workshop will be Mary Ann Highfill, a high school English teacher from Siloam Springs.

For those participating in the contests, an entry fee of $2.00 for non-members and $1.00 for members will be required for each entry.

Contest subjects and rules are as follow:

Prose contests 1. Adult Short Story on any subject — limit 2000 words 2. Biographical Sketch — limit 1500 words 3. Children’s story for ages 8-12   4. Arkansas Scenic Place — limit 2000 words 5. Epiphany (A sudden flash or revelation experience that changed your life) — 1500 word limit 6. “How To” Article 1500-2000 words. 

Poetry contests 1. Limerick 2. Ballad 3. Seasonal free verse  (Pat Laster Award) 4. A child’s fun poem 5. Shakespearean Sonnet the (Whiteside Award) 6. Humorous poem any style. 

All prose entries must be typed, double-spaced and in standard format: one  inch margins all around, Courier or Times Roman 12 pt. type. Stories and articles start with the title about five inches down from the top, then double or triple space before the body of the writing. 

Poetry may be single or double-spaced. Do not put entrant’s name on the entry. Do include a cover sheet with title, author’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address for each entry. Limerick entries may use the first line of the poem as a title.

Awards will be given in all poetry and prose categories. All entries must be postmarked by the August 1, 2008 deadline. Mail entries to Margaret Weathers, 716 W. University Street, Siloam Springs, AR 72761. 

Contestants may enter as many categories as they wish, but only one entry per category is permitted.  Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.  Entries must be the original work of the author and not previously published or having won a previous contest. Entrants who will not attend the workshop are to enclose a SASE. Additional information is available by calling Margaret Weathers at 479-524-6598.

Maeve Maddox writes about English usage and public education at Her most recent publication is The Fabergé Flute, a cozy mystery novel set in 1980s London.

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