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  • 24 Feb 2023 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 16 Feb 2023 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's a fresh year full of fresh plans for local authors, and we're sure you're interested in working some live author events in 2023! Author events encourage literacy, inspire writers, delight readers, support small business, celebrate diversity, validate public library programs, and create unique community opportunities. They are also terrific for networking with your fellow authors. Check out these three upcoming event opportunities in North County as shared from local author and SDWI member Jolie Tunnell, shared further through San Diego Writers, Ink. While you are there looking around at the Local Author Opportunities, check out their brand new website!

    1. Escondido Street Fair on May 21

    • Grand Ave, Escondido, outdoor canopy
    • Morning seats from 9am to 1pm
    • Afternoon seats from 1pm to 5pm
    • $25 communal pre-decorated tables, chairs included
    • 20,000 festive shoppers

    2. Once Upon a Book Fair on June 3

    • California Center for the Arts, Escondido indoors
    • 100 local authors, dedicated live readings room
    • All day event from 10am to 4pm
    • Multimedia coverage, dedicated webpage marketing
    • $40 private tables, chairs included

    3. Escondido Street Fair on October 15

    • Grand Ave, Escondido, outdoor canopy
    • Morning seats from 9am to 1pm
    • Afternoon seats from 1pm to 5pm
    • $25 communal pre-decorated tables, chairs included
    • 20,000 festive shoppers

    If you’re interested, please go to this Google Form created by Jolie Tunnell and Tanya Ross and drop your name. Once each event draws near, they will send out emails and get the party started. Events are "first come first filled," so sign up today!

  • 16 Feb 2023 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration opened February 14th.

    RWA is seeking workshop proposals! Do you have knowledge and experience to share? Consider speaking at the 2023 RWA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Workshop proposals are now open; submit by March 31, 2023.

    To learn more go to:

  • 16 Feb 2023 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curious how African immigrants fare in the USA? Find out in this dramatic and inspiring adult memoir in Alone in America duology Book 1

    Unexpected America is a mainstream memoir which reads like a thriller. Wanjiru Warama leaves Kenya in a huff and heads to the United States for a year's sabbatical. From the first day, she realizes she has to learn to live all over again in a new culture she knows nothing about. Loneliness debilitates her until she meets "Mr. Savior" who becomes not only her savior, but her lover and abuser. Money runs out and she has to turn to housekeeping and babysitting to buy a ticket home. She keeps this hidden from her family and friends as the idealized American lifestyle turns into a mirage, which Warama plods along like one tethered until her persistence pays off.


    Unexpected American ebook on Amazon where the price will be $0.00 from Feb 20-24:



    Books that Enlighten, Entertain, and Inspire...

  • 15 Feb 2023 10:30 AM | Andrea Glass (Administrator)

    Andrew Fitzgerald


    What aspect of editing or writing are you involved in?

    I’m a self-published author of How Did I Get Here? - Traveling The Road To Resilience which was released on February 15, 2023 worldwide on Amazon

    What first attracted you to writing/editing?

    My passion for writing started in high school back in Ireland where I grew up. I loved the opportunity in English class to write about my favorite sports topics. The feedback from my teachers was impressive, how descriptive I was and my ability to transport the reader into the scene.

    How long have you been writing/editing?

    My first book took me two and a half years as I started, stopped, and repeated that cycle until I sought out book coach support in Andrea Susan Glass and we worked with each other to structure and complete my story.

    As a writer, what kind of books do you write? Any published? How about short stories?

    A nonfiction memoir detailing my life from growing up in Ireland, emigrating from there to America, a heart health scare which I had a teenager which resulted in me flatlining twice and successfully being resuscitated. In addition to the above, my book details how successful I have been at launching and scaling some of the world’s biggest alcohol brands and recounts the devastation, grief, and loss of four miscarriages that my wife and I suffered before our fifth pregnancy went full term. The core them of my book is “Resilience” and how I used that skill to overcome, survive, and thrive

    What are you working on now either writing or editing?

    The next project will be a collaboration with another Irish author, and I will also look at developing a resilience handbook for anyone working in sales.

    How long have you been a member of SDWEG and why did you join?

    This is now my fourth month and I joined after being referred by my book coach. My motivation for joining was to and is to learn! There are many members who all have varied writing and publishing experiences that by osmosis I’m learning from each of them in our member meetings as well as access to speakers for ongoing literary education.

    What’s something unique or special about you, that you’d like others to know?

    I once competed at the PGA Tour School for golf in 2013!

    What request might you have of other members?

    I’m available to assist others with any sales and marketing support/advice they may need as I’m an expert in that field. If there are opportunities to run promotions with other members or indeed collaborations, I would welcome hearing from anyone!

  • 14 Feb 2023 2:44 PM | Lisa Hagerman

    The San Diego Writers Festival is proud to announce KidsWrite!, a children’s writing contest, whose mission is to elevate and celebrate diverse young writers throughout San Diego. All writers in Kindergarten through 12th Grade who reside in San Diego County are welcome to submit. The three literature categories are Poetry, Short Story, and Graphic Story. Submissions close March 31, 2023. Wishing the best of luck to each and every KidsWrite! San Diego Children’s Writing Contest Entrant!

    For guidelines and to enter, go to 

  • 10 Feb 2023 1:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever wondered how Africans transitioned from their religions to Christianity? Take a peek at the drama in this personal essay of a family living on a British colonial farm in Kenya.

  • 10 Feb 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australian Book Review welcomes entries to the 2023 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, one of the world's leading prizes for an original short story. The prize – worth a total of AU$12,500 – is open to all writers writing in English. The winner will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500. The submission period ends April 24, 2023.

    ABR seeks original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on any subject and in any style.

    This year, the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is judged by Gregory Day, Jennifer Mills, and Maria Takolander.

    Entry costs AU$20 for current ABR subscribers or AU$30 for non-subscribers*. Entrants who are not current ABR subscribers can choose to subscribe when submitting their story for the special combined rates listed below:

    Entry + ABR digital one-year subscription – $90

    Entry + Print one-year subscription (Australia) – $110

    Entry + Print one-year subscription (NZ and Asia) – $190

    Entry + Print one-year subscription (Rest of World) – $210

    Note: Please use the online entry form to submit your story. Click here for more information about past winners. Before entering the Jolley Prize, all entrants must read the Terms and Conditions. Before contacting ABR with a question, please read their Frequently Asked Questions.

    Note: The value of an Australian dollar is less than a US dollar. To see the conversion value, select this currency exchange calculator.

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Missouri Review announces the submission opening for The Perkoff Prize, a tri-genre contest that awards $1,000 and publication each to writers of the best story, set of poems, and essay that engage in evocative ways with health and medicine as judged by the editors. DEADLINE: March 15.


    ● All submissions must engage with health and medicine in some way.

    ● All submissions must be previously unpublished.

    ● Poetry: up to 10 pages of poetry.

    ● Fiction and Nonfiction: up to 8,500 words, double-spaced.

    ● Winners will be published in print issue of the Missouri Review.

    ● All entries will be considered for publication (whether in print, or as part of our Poem of the Week or Blast features).

    ● Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions are welcome, but you must pay a separate fee for each entry and withdraw the piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.

    ● Current University of Missouri students and faculty are ineligible.

    ● Standard Entry fee: $15. Each entrant receives a one-year subscription to the Missouri Review in digital format (normal price $24).

    ● “All Access” Entry fee: $30. In addition to the one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review, the “All Access” entry fee grants access to the last 10 years of digital issues and the audio recordings of each digital issue.

    Submit online or by mail.

  • 10 Feb 2023 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For thirty years, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Their Script Competition for 2023 is open for entries! At the Austin Film Festival, they hope to give storytellers the opportunity to share their voices and have a chance at getting discovered in the industry.

    ● Early Deadline: March 23, 2023

    ● Regular Deadline: April 18, 2023

    ● Late Deadline: May 25, 2023

    Additionally, here is a discount code! AFFWG23

    In addition to feature screenplays and teleplay pilots and specs, they also accept short screenplays, digital series scripts, stage plays, and fiction podcast scripts. More information on all script competitions can be found here: Austin Film Festival Script Competitions

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