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  • 18 Jan 2023 7:56 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    An invitation from Guild member Penn Wallace

    Join Penn as he celebrates the release of his new book, Back to Vietnam. The book release party will be held January 28th from 1 to 3 pm at the OB Java coffee shop in Ocean Beach at 5047 Newport Ave San Diego, CA. If you’re in San Diego Penn would love to meet you.

    About the novel

    Cybersecurity expert Ted Higuera learns that his Uncle Gino, who went MIA in Vietnam in 1969, may still be alive. Rumors of an American being held in a secret POW camp reach Ted’s ears. He gathers the team, gets high-tech help from Millennial Systems, and they head to Vietnam to search for his uncle.

    In Vietnam, the Ted is interrogated, Chris is arrested, and the group is followed by the secret police. Ted gets caught up in the Cartels’ drug war once more. They search the jungles for the POW camp.

    In the end, Ted must confront Vietnam’s head of security and number one drug lord, Colonel Bao. He must make an impossible decision and do something he’s never done before.

    A burger and a brew with the reading

    The OB Brewery is kind enough to provide this space for us. The coffee bar will be open, and Penn implores you to buy a burger and brew as a thank you for their generosity.

    The reading will begin at 2 pm and Penn will be available for questions and book signing after the reading.

    Please RSVP at or text me at (425) 775-9273. Penn needs an idea of how many people are coming.

  • 18 Jan 2023 4:06 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    The January issue of our newsletter, The Writer’s Life, included information about the Guild’s participation in the President’s Volunteer Service Award program. If you haven’t already read about it, check it out here:

    One reason the Board of Directors agreed to participate in the PVSA program is we recognize that the Board needs assistance from members to maintain the member benefits the Guild offers. For example, without members to serve as reviewers, the Guild could not maintain the Manuscript Review Program. Similarly, member to staff tables at festivals, the Guild cannot represent you, our members.

    Over the course of the past few years, it has become clear that the ten members elected to serve as the Board of Directors need assistance with projects and ongoing tasks to avoid burning out. These needs will be the topic of discussion during the half hour from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. ahead of the Monday, January 23, membership meeting. (Note that January has five Mondays this month. Our meeting is on the fourth, not the last, Monday of the month.)

    Sometimes we come across a discrete task that we'd like a volunteer or two to tackle. For example, we'd like to invite a member or two with an interest in history to go through old newsletters and meeting minutes to write up one or more articles about the history of the Guild.

    Other needs are ongoing, though not in themselves time consuming. For example, whenever we hold a membership meeting, we need to download the recording, edit it to eliminate any dead time at the beginning, and then upload the edited version to YouTube. Once that is done, we need to delete the Zoom recording so we don't exceed the available storage space Zoom provides. Current or former Board members are available to provide training for this task. Tasks related to hosting Zoom meetings, launching the evaluation poll at the end of the meetings, and downloading, editing, and uploading videos to YouTube have been added to the SDWEG Member Volunteer Opportunities Worksheet and are waiting for someone to step up to take on these tasks. If you sign up for one of the slots on this worksheet, please send a message to to be sure the Board knows to reach back to you.

    A final reason for implementing PVSA is that we know the Guild will need more volunteer support from members to implement new member benefits planned for 2023.

    Watch for information in the newsletter, blog posts, and Friday roundups about the Guild’s plan to implement a mentoring program. This program will need member volunteers with specific skills and experience.

  • 18 Jan 2023 3:56 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    On January 27, 7 to 9 p.m., the San Diego Public Library is proud to sponsor the 2022 Showcase, featuring published works by San Diego's most talented authors. The event is live and in-person! The Library will be featuring a stunning collection of display cabinets filled with locally authored books from several different genres. The display will be available for public browsing for the entire month of February, afterwards the books will be prepared to circulate for one year. Books will also be featured in an online exhibit. Please visit the Local Author website for more information and to view previous online exhibits.

    Multi-award winning local author T. Greenwood will be delivering a keynote speech. The evening will feature local jazz musicians, Ria & Aaron, light refreshments, a limited open mike event* and a few more surprises.

    Registration is highly suggested for authors and their guests.

    For more information and to register for the event, select this link:

  • 18 Jan 2023 3:42 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    The 37th Annual SCWC is set for Presidents’ Day Weekend and what a weekend it will be with workshops, panels, speakers, a novel boot camp tract, late night read and critiques, and so much more. Join the whole lively community of writers, best-selling authors, agents and editors.

    February 17-19 at Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego

    Discounted pre-registration now open.

  • 18 Jan 2023 3:24 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    Wild Atlantic Writers is just one of many writers groups offering conferences, retreats, and contests that ask the Guild to publicize their programs. And since it's entirely possible that one of our members may win, we're happy to let you know about this opportunity.

    As with all Wild Atlantic Writers competitions, there will be two separate categories - flash fiction and creative nonfiction, which can include travel, memoir, journalism or an essay.

    Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 31, 2023.

    As you write your story, remember to keep in mind these important guidelines:

    • the maximum length of your story should be 500 words, not including the title (please be mindful of this requirement, even one word over the limit can disqualify your entry);

    • judges should be left in no doubt that the core theme in your story is linked to ‘hope;’

    • you can only use the word ‘hope’ once - either in the body of your story or in your story title;

    • multiple entries accepted.


    The winner for each of the two categories will receive 500 euro in cash, or a voucher worth 1,000 euro redeemable towards any one of their retreats of your choice this year. [SDWEG note: The retreats are in Europe.]

    And more.

    With the writer’s permission, the top ten stories in each category will be published on the ‘Ireland Writing Retreat’ website, with a short bio and photograph of the writer. Writers retain all copyrights to their work.

    See full details about WAWA Hope competition HERE.

  • 13 Jan 2023 3:01 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    SDWEG member KC Grifant is thrilled to share the release of her debut supernatural Western novel, MELINDA WEST: MONSTER GUNSLINGER (Feb 2023, Brigids Gate Press). Kindle pre-order now available! Book releases on February 3, 2023.

    KC Grifant will be reading from her novel at the Strong Women, Strange Worlds First Friday Quick Reads on February 3 at noon ET. Registration is free. Visit to register.

    When monsters roam the Old West, there is one gunslinging couple who can tilt the odds in favor of humanity. Stoic sharpshooter Melinda and her easygoing partner Lance are expert monster exterminators, but when they accidentally release a demon that steals souls, they find themselves caught in a supernatural war. They must battle a menagerie of monsters and hunt a notorious outlaw to save their friends and stop hell on Earth. Supernatural meets Bonnie & Clyde in an epic adventure that the Library Journal calls “wildly entertaining” and a “massive crowd pleaser.”

    More info about the book and KC:

  • 4 Jan 2023 3:12 PM | Lisa Hagerman (Administrator)

    Call for Entries: 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

    If you would like to receive greater recognition, monetary prizes, awards and exposure for your books, here is an opportunity not to miss. Enter the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

    Calling all indie book authors and publishers - including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors who have a book written in English released in 2021, 2022 or 2023 or with a 2021, 2022 or 2023 copyright date to enter the most rewarding book awards program.

    Offering 80+ Categories - More than 80 Awards – with over 80 monetary prizes totaling over $10,000 in cash, including $1,500 cash prizes plus trophies for best fiction book and best non-fiction book, $750 cash prizes plus trophies for second best fiction book and non-fiction book and $500 cash prizes plus trophies for third best fiction book and non-fiction book!

    Entry deadline for the 2023 awards program – February 10, 2023.

    For more information, please visit .

    (This program is not affiliated with the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.)

  • 3 Jan 2023 3:41 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    Volunteers are the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization. This is certainly true for San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. We are able to provide benefits such as the Manuscript Review Program, the Guilded Pen Anthology, representing  the Guild and our members at Festival events, and much more because of the large number of members who volunteer.

    In 2023, the Guild plans to  take part in the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program to recognize members who volunteer significant numbers of hours on the Guild's behalf. PVSA was established in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize the important role of volunteers in America's strngth and national identity.  

    The PVSA has continued under each administration. To participate, organizations that rely on volunteers must become Certifying Organizations to use the program to recognize their most exceptional volunteers.

    In December of 2022, the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild became a Certifying Organization for PVSA through demonstrating it meets all the organizational eligibility requirements. SDWEG must recertify each year to ensure those administering the program understand both the organization’s responsibilities and the eligibility requirements of volunteers.

    To be eligible to receive PVSA recognition, volunteers must be US citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, be at least five years old, and complete eligible service within a 12-month period for Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The number of hours of service required at each of those levels depends upon the age of the individual. The chart below indicates the levels for each annual level.

    Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group:
    Age Group Bronze Silver Gold
    Kids (5-10 years old) 26-49 hours 50-74 hours 75+ hours
    Teens (11-15) 40-74 hours 75-99 hours 100+ hours
    Young Adults (16-25) 100-174 hours 175-249 hours 250+ hours
    Adults (26+) 100-249 hours 250-499 hours 500+ hours

    Certifying organizations may choose from options to provide recognition to volunteers. The options include an official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin, coin, or medallion; a personalized certificate of achievement and letter signed by the president; or a complete package including both elements of the award. The Guild, like all certifying organizations, must pay for the cost of the awards and not transfer the cost to recipients.

    The Guild hopes that implementing the program early in 2023 will permit us to make the first awards to our member volunteers at the end of 2023. The program runs for any 12-month period. For this reason, it’s important for volunteers to keep track of the hours they volunteer in any capacity for the Guild with the date to confirm the hours were offered within twelve months.

    If you would like to be considered for recognition through the PVSA program in 2023, please send a message to Until another program administrator is recruited, Sandra Yeaman will monitor this email account and will provide access to a Google Document for each participating member to use to track volunteer hours.

    In the first year of the program, we will request quarterly updates of member volunteers’ activities from those who do not choose to use the Google Docs spreadsheet, to determine if refining the program administration is needed.

    We look forward to recognizing all our member volunteers since we cannot continue or expand our programming without member volunteer support.

  • 29 Dec 2022 4:35 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    In-person get-together opportunities will pick up again in 2023.

    The North County lunch group is planned for Thursday, January 26, at 1:00 P.M. at the Seafire Restaurant & Bar, located at 6030 Paseo del Norte, in Carlsbad.  They’ll provide separate checks. Parking lot entrance is on the north side of the bldg.  Please R.S.V.P. to by Sunday, Jan. 22 so we can establish count.  This is a social gathering only.  No Guild business will transpire.   

    Penny invites members to join her at lunch on Tuesday, February 7, at noon at BJ's in Grossmont Shopping Center in La Mesa (5500 Grossmont Center Dr). Let Penny know if you plan to join the group by sending a message to

    On the third Tuesday of every other month, Mardie Schroeder will organize a place to meet at a central location with plenty of parking for up to ten Guild members. Mardie arranges for us to sit outside, undisturbed by noise and appropriately distanced from other diners.

    If you wish to join Mardie on Tuesday, March 17, at 1 p.m., send a message to

  • 29 Dec 2022 4:01 PM | Sandra Yeaman (Administrator)

    Each month the Masters Review* summarizes contests and prizes with deadlines in that month on their website. The majority of the contests they list have low entry fees. Some are free.

    For a look at contests with submission deadlines in January, check out this link.

    The Masters Review own Winter Short Story Contest submission deadline is also in January, on January 31. For details on the contest and the prizes offered, see their website here. Only emerging writers are eligible to enter. Winners and runners-up receive agent reviews. 

    *(from The Masters Review website): Always a free way to submit. Always paid for your work. The Masters Review offers a quality platform for emerging writers. 

    Founded by Kim Winternheimer in 2011, the Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines, submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

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