Friday, August 07, 2009



As part of the ongoing effort to increase the representation of African American, Asian and Latino creative professionals in the communications industry, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) is proud to announce its Fall 2009 Writers Workshop. Enter to be one of 20 writers of color selected to take part in an extraordinary 2-day intensive workshop, led by Carole Kirschner, veteran television executive and architect of the CBS Diversity Institute Writers Mentoring Program.

The program includes:

professional evaluation of submitted material
one-on-one meeting with script analyst to review coverage
intensive day-long writing class taught by successful, working writers
overview of the business and self-marketing seminar
hands-on New Media training

Hone your craft. Learn how to translate your writing into on-line entertainment. Discover how to sell yourself and your projects.

Scheduled for October 5-6, the Workshop will be held at the American Management Association in New York City. The entry deadline is August 20, 2009.

Click here for information on how to apply for the NAMIC FALL 2009 WRITERS’ WORKSHOP


NAMIC is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, visit

A few doors to knock on (some have entry fees) --

PEN Center USA
Emerging Voices Fellowships
Emerging Voices is an intensive eight-month program for writers in the early stages of their literary careers. The program includes free classes at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program; one-on-one mentoring with a professional writer; Q&A evenings with professional writers, publishers, editors, and agents; Master classes by genre with a published PEN author; Day-long work shops on various elements of publishing; a $1,000 stipend. The program culminates with a public reading and reception. Emerging Voices focuses on writers from underserved communities, though selection is not based solely on economic need. Participants need not be published, but the program is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing. There are no age restrictions.

Get all the details here. Deadline is August 14.

Writer's Digest 10th Annual Short Short Story Writing Competition
Deadline: December 1, 2009
Writer's Digest is looking for fiction that's bold, brilliant...but brief. Send us your best in 1,500 words or fewer. Enter the 10th Annual Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win the $3000 First Prize! Click here to enter or for additional information.

Writer's Digest Pop Fiction Awards
Deadline: November 2, 2009
Writer's Digest is now accepting entries in the Pop Fiction Awards. Submit your entry for your chance to win $2,500 cash, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Five Categories:
Mystery/Crime Fiction
Science Fiction/Fantasy

Click here for additional information or to enter online.

Robert Frost Foundation
Poetry Award
A prize of $1,000 and an invitation to read the winning work at the Robert Frost Festival is given annually for a poem written in the spirit of Robert Frost. Submit up to three poems totaling no more than three pages with a $10 entry fee per poem by September 15. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Robert Frost Foundation, Poetry Award, Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence Street, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, MA 01841. (978) 725-8828.
Mark Schorr, Executive Director.

Bear Deluxe Magazine
Doug Fir Fiction Award
A prize of $1,000 and publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine is given annually for a short story about the natural world, sense of place, or environmental issues. Jon Raymond will judge. Submit a story of up to 5,000 words with a $15 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by September 8. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines. (See Recent Winners.)

Bear Deluxe Magazine, Doug Fir Fiction Award, P.O. Box 10342, Portland, OR 97296. (503) 242-1047. Jess Dolan, Senior Editor.

The Bukowski Contest
Send your best Bukowski inspired, Bukowski-esque, or Bukowski worthy story. All usual Submission Guidelines apply. Include Bukowski Contest in the subject line of your e-mail. The deadline for submitting to this contest is September 30, 2009. Winners will be announced in the October 2009 issue of The Legendary and published in November 2009. Works that are not chosen as winners will still be considered for publication in future issues. First prize includes feature publication in The Legendary, Legendary stickers, and the four DVD course Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, twenty-four lectures by Professor Brooks Landon of the University of Iowa, an English professor and Collegiate Fellow of that institution, as well as director of the Iowa General Education Literature Program. Learn more here.

AND ...
Fellow bloguero Daniel Olivas is the type of writer who makes his own opportunities - he's literally in dozens of places at once, talking or writing about writing and writers, and getting plenty of his own writing out there for readers. Check out a good interview with La Bloga's Monday Man at the Examiner, at this link.

This is the weekend for the Chicano Music Festival at Su Teatro's new digs, 215 S. Santa Fe, Denver. Go back to last Friday's post for a schedule of events. Always a good time.

I've been looking at cover art for my next book, another way to have a good time -- can't say too much yet, but it's suave, esé. Stay tuned for all the details.

I like to think that summer is only half-over - optimistic, I know (fall officially begins September 22.) It's been a good one, for sure. If you live in one of the latitudes where there are real seasons, may I suggest that before it's too late you take a book out in the sun, soak up rays and do some reading. Tanned and taught in one afternoon.


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