ETB Crime Fiction WoC Award

The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $2,000 for an emerging writer of color. This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities. The grantee may choose to use the grant for activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats, online courses, and research activities required for completion of the work.

The 2023 Submissions will be open February 1 – March 31. Learn more on the Sisters in Crime website.

Alexa Rose Grant…open

Until 12 March — yes, it’s that time of year!

The Alexa Rose Foundation is currently accepting grant applications. This is open to all ages, all art mediums, all experience levels, but it’s for residents of Ada and Canyon Counties, and descendents of Boise Valley Tribes, only.

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Read more on the alexarosefoundation.org website.

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Curated Calls & Competitions

Today IWU would like to acknowledge what looks to be a terrifically useful resource — a wealth of over 80* no-fee, paying opportunities for writers.

*and that’s just for this issue of her newsletter

Erika Dreifus regularly serves up these huge piles of contests, competitions, and other opportunities — potentially saving writers an appreciable amount of online research.

Visit her Practicing Writing website and/or subscribe to her newsletter.

Bulwer-Lytton (um) Winner!

As they introduce themselves on their website: “Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged participants to write an atrocious opening sentence to the worst novel never written. Our whimsical literary competition honors Sir Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, whose 1830 novel Paul Clifford begins with ‘It was a dark and stormy night’.”

Celebrate the 2022 winner … and view all the other winners (by genre), along with the accompanying Dishonorable Mentions.

Great writerly fun!

2022 grand prize winner

The Theme is Dream

Submit your work (1 November through 15 December 2022) for consideration for the Timberline Review (Willamette Writers, Oregon) and, for the first time, you’ll be entered into the Kay Snow Awards competition as well — no extra fee.

Categories are:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Creative nonfiction (essay, memoir) and Critical commentary
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Visual artists — they’re also seeking both b/w and color work for exterior and interiors

The entry fee is modest and the instructions are thorough, so read carefully. Enter your work before 15 December!

Events at The Cabin

The Cabin in Boise is an active resource for both writers and readers. You might want to subscribe to their monthly newsletter (nicely not too frequent) to keep abreast of happenings, which this month include:

Scary stuff!

Read Freely vs. Banned Books

  • Success: $10,000 was raised and 1,000 banned or challenged books were distributed by 100 local volunteers

And there’s always more…

Like I said, you may want to sign up for their newsletter. (Scroll toward the bottom of their home page for a form.)

Idaho Writers Conference a success

As we’d earlier mentioned, the Idaho Writers Conference, produced by the Idaho Writers Guild, was back with a bang this year. It looks like they already have a page in place ticking down the days to the 2023 conference.

This is a great opportunity for local and regional authors of all stripes, genres, publication methods, and levels of experience to meet, network, and learn from a slate of excellent presenters.

The IWG also conducts an annual writing contest which typically opens 1 January and closes around the end of March (so mark that on your calendar). We’d like to take a moment to recognize the winners of the contest as published in their monthly newsletter.

Page One Only

  • First Place: Wraith (Rick Just, Boise ID)
  • Second Place: Prairie Winds (Carol Kjar, Rapid City SD)
  • Third Place: The Dutiful Daughter (Sherry Briscoe, Boise ID)
  • Honorable Mentions: Fallout (Carrie Stuart Parks, Cataldo ID); Bay of Secrets (Carrie Stuart Parks, Cataldo ID); Forget Me Not (Michael Jacobson, Clark Fork ID); Stratos (Lani Forbes, Boise ID); RESCUE, The Adventures of Boatson Bill (William Baker, Eagle ID); Undo 22 (Jim Moore, Meridian ID); Nothingman (Vaughn Clark, Boise ID); With a Little Luck (Nancie Turner, Meridian ID); I Hold the Key (Nancie Turner, Meridian ID)

Short Story

  • First Place: Simon’s Train (Keely Walker, Meridian ID)
  • Second Place: The Rose Room (Eric Wallace, Eagle ID)
  • Third Place: Dorrie’s Last Story (Dorothy Read, Boise ID)
  • Honorable Mentions: Imagination and Curiosity (Michael Jacobson, Clark Fork ID); Generations (Carol Kjar, Rapid City SD); Sydney Pinkman Is My Friend (Frank Lester, Boise ID); The Tattoo (Frank Lester, Boise ID)

Novel, First 10 Pages

  • First Place: Bay of Secrets (Carrie Stuart Parks, Cataldo ID)
  • Second Place (tie): Stratos (Lani Forbes, Boise ID); When Knowing Comes (Kelly McConnell, Boise ID)
  • Third Place: A Million Ways to Die (Julie Howard, Boise ID)
  • Honorable Mentions: The Bane (Steven Dill, Eagle ID); Emma (Rick Just, Boise ID); All the After (Vicki Volden, San Jose CA); Klara’s Journey (Khaliela Wright, Viola ID)

Nonfiction Memoir/Essay

  • First Place: A Day (Rah Allison, Jordan Valley OR)

Poetry

  • First Place: River People (Margaret Koger, Boise ID)
  • Second Place: Piano Recital (Lori Williams, Ketchum ID)
  • Third Place: Sixty Climbs for Sixty Years (Lori Williams, Ketchum ID)
  • Honorable Mentions: The Table (Crystle Lynn, Boise ID); June (Rah Allison, Jordan Valley OR); Oregon Coast (Lori Williams, Ketchum ID); Wagon Days (Lori Williams, Ketchum ID); Idaho Love Song (Lori Williams, Ketchum ID); I Know a Place (Lori Williams, Ketchum ID); Luna’s Lament (Celia Scully, Boise ID); How Falling in Love is Like Origami (Celia Scully, Boise ID); Civil Engineering (Vaughn Clark, Boise ID); Yet Another Memorial to Some Bleeping War (Vaughn Clark, Boise ID); Ah, Sugar Beets (Vaughn Clark, Boise ID); Submit (Barbara Olic-Hamilton, Boise ID)

Writing contest winners…applause!

We’d like to take a moment to recognize the winners of Willamette Writers’ annual Kay Snow Writing Contest — named for the founder of the Oregon-based group.

Their categories include groups not always seen in similar organizations’ writing contests, including screenplays, and — notably — younger writers:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash, short story, novella, and novel excerpt)
  • Nonfiction (including essays, critical commentary, and memoir)
  • Drama and screenplay
  • Students grades 1-6
  • Students grades 7-12

The contest has been open to members and nonmembers, with members securing a submission fee price break.

Learn more here.

As noted in this post, the recognition gained by winning a writing contest can give a writer a needed boost to counter the sometimes inevitable doubts.

Alexa Rose Artist Grant: OPEN

The 2022 Artist grant cycle for artists in Idaho’s Ada and Canyon counties is now open. Applications are FREE and can only be accepted through 30 May.

Several writers receiving our newsletter have received grants in the past.

Grants take the form of awards of $500 to $5000 and can be used toward travel, education, workshops, artistic tools, and more.

Read about it on the Alexa Rose Foundation website.