Contest Announcements for April

Linden Hill Publishing announces its second short story contest……………. Amazing Cat Tales

Our feline friends never fail to amaze us. A cat walked 37 miles to find her way back home. Another cat warned his owner of an approaching earthquake. From heroic deeds to simple acts, we are amazed daily by their intuition, antics and tenderness.

You are invited to write an amazing cat tale. It can be fact or fiction. Prizes are $200 for First Place, $100 for Second Place, and $50 for Third Place.

Entries must be 2500 words or less and submitted in 12 or 14-point type (Please, no fancy fonts) on 8 1/2 X 11 in. paper. Stories will be numbered for blind judging. IMPORTANT: include the title & page number on each page and the total number of words in the upper right hand corner of the 1st page. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript, but include a separate cover letter with your story title, name, address, phone number, and email address.

Send $15 entry fee with each submission to:

David Buser, Editor Linden Hill Publishing Amazing Cat Tales Contest 11923 Somerset Avenue Princess Anne, MD 21853


The Mayborn Graduate Institute at the University of North Texas will be hosting The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest,
Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24, 2005 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas

For information or to register, please go to:

Our conference is designed to explore the art of narrative storytelling through a series of lectures, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, readings and workshops. At our conference, you will hear from and speak to some of the nation's most acclaimed writers and editors working in this genre. The primary purpose of our conference is to provide a forum for journalists, writers, readers, students, educators and the general public to listen to, be inspired by and discuss literary nonfiction in all its forms. We are also offering instruction to anyone who wants to learn how to employ the literary techniques of fiction in various forms of nonfiction narration.

We have brought together some of the nation's top literary nonfiction writers and editors to help us lay the foundation for this unique program, one that we believe will be both enlightening and educational. Our conference authors and editors are current and former journalists who have learned how to transcend the traditional boundaries of journalism while upholding its highest standards for fairness and accuracy. They are, in short, practicing what we intend to teach: the art of factual narration.

Our Workshop Component

In addition to providing a forum to hear from and speak to our literary nonfiction authors and editors, our conference is providing another component: The opportunity for writers, students and journalists to elevate the literary quality of their writing. To this end, we are providing hands-on instruction in the art of literary nonfiction narration at two, three-hour-long workshops on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. One is the Article/Essay Workshop; the other, the Manuscript Workshop. (See Conference Schedule at our website for dates and times of the workshops).

For the Article/Essay Workshop, there is a $20 entry fee in addition to the conference registration fee. We will select the best 50 entrees from all the submissions to participate in this workshop. Three of the writers selected to participate in the workshop will win cash prizes at our Literary Lights reception Saturday evening.

For the Manuscript Workshop, there is a $50 entry fee in addition to the conference registration fee. We will select the best 20 entrees from all the submissions to participate in this workshop. The workshop leaders, along with a panel of jurists, will select the best manuscript based on literary quality and commercial potential. The University of North Texas Press will enter into a provisional contract with the writer to publish and market the manuscript upon completion. The writer should submit a first chapter, no more than 25 pages, along with a narrative synopsis of each chapter of the book to demonstrate that the writer has a well-conceived format for telling the entire saga.

Submissions to both workshops should be addressed to George Getschow, Conference Writer-in-Residence, The Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, P.O. Box 311460, Denton, Texas 76203-1460. All submissions must be postmarked no later than Friday, June 1, 2005.

Remember to register by May 20 for the Mayborn Literary Writers' Conference of the Southwest to save $$.





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