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THE POWER OF ten is now on sale

This tenth anniversary anthology is a milestone for the Guild, and brings together our membership and local booksellers. 

The tenth edition of The Guilded Pen—The Power of Ten launch event was held on October 25.  This anniversary anthology is a collection of the writings from members of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. Authors drew inspiration from the title, colored their writing with imagination and true-grit life experiences, and crafted it into stories, essays and poetry that chronicle the real, glimpse the surreal, or inspire visions of what lies ahead.

The volume features contributions from Laurie Asher, Kelly Bargabos, Gered Beeby, M. Lee Buompensiero, Lawrence Carleton, Anne Casey, Al Converse, Janice Coy, E. M. Criman, Nick Di Carlo, J. Dianne Dotson, Robert Doublebower, Chloe Kerns Edge, HR Goold, Janet Hafner, Peggy Hinaekian, Dora Klinova, Leon Lazarus, Richard Lederer, Tom Leech, Judith Lief, Cary Lowe, Jeff Mason, Robert Mueller, Pennell Paugh, Richard Peterson, Ty Piz, Frank Primiano, Cyril Roseman, Patrick Ross, Mardie Schroeder, ShuJen Walker-Askew, Amy Wall, Ruth Wallace, Nico Waters, John Yamada, Lara Yamada, Ken Yaros, and Sandra Yeaman. 

In 2012, SDWEG introduced The Guilded Pen—First Edition, a compilation of short stories, poems, and imaginative essays by our members. We’ve been introducing a new edition every year since. 2021 promises to be an exciting year for this flagship project.

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Past Anthologies

The 2020 Strange Happenings Anthology

Available now in paperback and Kindle

Read this collection of poetry, essays, memoir tales and imaginative short stories drawing inspiration from life on the California coast, people and places as far afield as South Africa, or locales that exist only in the author's imaginations. 

Whether chronicling life in the ordinary, or teetering on the fringes of the bizarre, Strange Happenings challenges the mundane, embraces the surreal, and stretches the imagination beyond earthly realms.

The anthology is produced as a fund-raising project for SDWEG, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All royalties from the sale of the anthologies support the mission of the SDWEG which is to promote, support, and encourage the writing art for adults and youth. All questions should be directed to: Rivkah Sleeth, Managing Editor, at

Contributors to this anthology are:

Laurie Asher, R.J. Black, Marcia Buompensiero, Lawrence Carleton, Al Converse, Janice Coy, E.M. Criman, Robert Doublebower, Sally Eckberg, Chloe Kerns Edge, Sarah Faxon, Cornelia Feye, Irene Flynn, Robert Gilberg, HR Goold, KC Grifant, Janet Hafner, Theresa Halvorsen, Margaret Harmon, Peggy Hinaekian, Rebecca Jane, Dora Klinova, Melody A. Kramer, Leon Lazarus, Richard Lederer, Tom Leech, Cheryl Lendvay, Valerie Looper, Syd Love, Cary Lowe, Michael J. McMahon, Yvonne Nelson Perry, Ty Piz, Frank Primiano, Phil Pryde, Cyril Roseman, Miriam Schraer, Mardie Schroeder, Barbara Sirignano, Candita Wager-Bezold, ShuJen Walker, Amy Wall, Ruth L. Wallace, Nico Waters, Gary Winters, John Yamada, Lara Yamada, Kenneth Yaros, and Sandra Yeaman.

The Guilded Pen

In 2012, SDWEG introduced The Guilded Pen—First Edition, a compilation of short stories, poems, and imaginative essays by our members. We've been introducing a new edition every year since.

How can I get a copy of past editions of The Guilded Pen?

Copies of The Guilded Pen, Third through Eighth Editions, may be ordered directly from Amazon. The first two editions are no longer available.

2019 8th edition

2018 7th edition

2017 6th edition

2016 5th edition 2015 4th edition 2014 3rd edition

2013 2nd edition and 2012 1st edition — No longer available

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