Quick Notes, April 20, 2017

By Eileen Haavik McIntire, President

The Spring 2017 Newsletter is live on the website. Go to

COMING UP! Volunteer Opportunities

April 29: Baltimore’s CityLit Festival. Saturday, April 29 from 10 am to 4 pm at the University of Baltimore's William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center at 11 West Mt. Royal Avenue. MWA will have half a table to exhibit and sell its materials. If you’d like to volunteer to staff the table, please email Eileen McIntire at

May 20: Gaithersburg Book Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Can you volunteer to staff the MWA booth for a couple of hours? You can also display and sell your books. Contact Eileen McIntire,

OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS - The following messages are for your information. MWA does not sponsor nor endorse any of these organizations.

Loudoun County Public Library Announces Poetry Contest

Loudoun County Public Library invites you to participate in its fourth annual poetry contest for adults ages 18 and up. Cash prizes will be awarded for winners and runner-ups! Rhyme On! will be accepting entries--and they would love to have yours--from April 15 through May 31. The poem should be in one of the following categories:

  • Best Love Poem
  • Best “Loudoun” Poem
  • Funniest Poem
  • Free-Verse

Submission guidelines and more information are on the library website. Winners will be announced online July 5, 2017 on Loudoun County Public Library’s website and winners will be mailed their prizes. Contact any of its eight branches if you have any questions about Rhyme On! or e-mail Angela Marchetto, 540-687-5730.


Quick Notes, March 13, 2017

From Eileen McIntire, President

Make your views known!

Share your views with MWA’s board members up close and personal. They’ll be at the annual conference coming up March 25. Register now! Have breakfast with well-known author Maria V. Snyder. Then after a morning of informative workshops and networking coffee break, have lunch with internationally known thriller writer Jeffery Deaver. Spend the afternoon cramming your brains with more information on how to write, publish and sell your books more successfully. Then round out your day by relaxing, chatting with your fellow writers, and mingling with authors at the book-signing reception. A day packed with information, enjoyment, and news. More information at


Your Chances to Shine – Submissions Needed

The MWA Newsletter is looking for you--talk to us! Do you have member news (publications, upcoming author events, awards, contest wins)? A question for our writers’ advice column? An essay for the Why We Write column? How about announcements of other Maryland writing events? Send your submissions for the next issue by March 31 to newsletter@marylandwriters.orgSee the current newsletter at
Deadline: March 31.

Pen in Hand, MWA’s literary journal, edited by Dr. Tapendu Basu, is also seeking submissions for its July issue. Poetry, short stories, memoirs, plays. The journal is published twice yearly and distributed by email and print. It is also available for sale on and other online bookstores. Send submissions to or to Dr. Basu at
Deadline: June 15.

Critique Groups Flourish!

New members are often drawn to MWA for its critique groups, small groups that meet regularly to help members develop, polish, and refine their manuscripts. MWA Board Member Angela Dale, who serves as MWA’s webmaster, has volunteered to coordinate MWA’s critique groups. See the list of current critique groups and information on how to find one and how to add your group to the list on the MWA website,


MWA Needs an Archivist

Boxes of minutes and other documents of MWA history repose in the president’s basement. MWA needs a volunteer to bring order to these files and then scan these documents for posterity. If you’d like to take on this project, contact Eileen McIntire,

Opportunities for Writers

The following messages are for your information. MWA does not sponsor nor endorse any of these organizations.

Warren Publishing Calls for Submissions

Warren Publishing is currently accepting submissions for the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, historical fiction, YA, art and coffee table books and children’s books. There’s no need for an invitation or representation by a literary agent. All manuscripts should be edited and polished. Warren Publishing is a hybrid publishing company based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For nearly 30 years, Warren has been incorporating its five-step publishing process to take its authors from visualization through world-wide marketplace placement in both online and retail stores. Our process is proven by our award-winning titles, quick turnarounds, and the accolades of others in the publishing business. Our work has won awards for remarkable publishing, including the Garland P. Stout Publishing Award for Excellence in Publishing.

Visit the submissions tab on today, or call 980-265-2336 for more information. *Warren Publishing is a family-friendly publisher and will not accept erotica or “non-PG” submissions. Warren Publishing, 3440 Toringdon Way, Suite 205, Charlotte, NC 28277. Phone: 980-265-2336. Email:

Fiction500 Contest 3 opens March 15.

The Fiction500 Contest 3 will open March 15, 2017. They will provide a prompt on that date and invite authors to submit an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words. The contest is limited to the first 500 entries. The entry fee is $15. Stories will be judged by published authors and college-level writing instructors. The winner will receive $500, Second Place $200, and Third Place $100. For more information

Fiction500 is a series of writing contests created to inspire authors and promote excellence in short fiction. They strictly limit submissions to the first 500 entrants. Authors may only submit one story per contest. Published authors, editors, agents and creative writing instructors will judge the contests. Fiction500 publishes winning stories on its site, along with additional submissions the judges determine merit honorable mention.

Entries are limited to authors legally residing in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older as of the Contest submission date. Each Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern time on the published start date, and entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on the published deadline date, or until 500 qualified entries are received, whichever comes first. All story submissions are final, and all entry fees are non-refundable. Stories cannot be revised or edited after they have been submitted. Entries and fee payments will only be accepted through the submission form on this website. No submissions or payments will be accepted by regular mail, email, links to online sites or any other means. Each person may submit only one (1) story per contest. Attempts to enter multiple times under one or more identities will result in the entrant's disqualification. By entering the contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. You further acknowledge that the decision of the Fiction 500 judges shall be final and binding. For more information, go to https://www.fiction500.


Quick Notes, November 2, 2016

From Eileen McIntire, President

Important for all MWA members: Please log in to and check your membership information and e-mail address. Your membership and e-mail address must be current to take part in member opportunities and discounts. Check your member profile and make sure that’s current too.

This means you.

Announcing the MWA Annual Book Awards!

The new 2017 MWA Book Awards Contest is now open! MWA members in good standing who have published a novel (50K words or more) in 2015 or 2016 may enter. There is no fee to enter; one entry per MWA member. Application forms are in the member area of the website.
Submission period is November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.

Awards will be given in the following genre divisions:

  • Mystery/thriller
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative fiction
  • Literary/Mainstream
  • Historical Fiction

At least 5 qualifying entries are required to award a prize in that division.
Co-authored books are allowed; Not allowed are anthologies to which the author has contributed a story.


  • Authors should submit an image of book cover and 50-word max blurb indicating the genre division.
  • Authors are not required to submit copies of their book; however, they are encouraged to negotiate a lower ebook price with their publisher for MWA members during the contest period, so members can read their books more easily.
  • Authors must score at least 4 other entries, in a genre division other than the one submitted to. Entries whose authors do not fulfill this requirement will not be considered for prizes.


  • Winners will be chosen by the MWA membership, ranking entries on a 1 to 10 scale. Scores will be averaged to determine winners.
  • MWA members in good standing may score entries, one score per entry (details to come).
  • Critique sheets will not be given.
  • At least 5 qualifying entries are required to award a prize in a genre division.
  • Entries receiving fewer than 5 scores will not be considered for prizes.
  • Awards will be announced at the MWA conference, March 25, 2017
  • Scoring period is December 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017.

This year’s contest was devised by Program Chair Michelle Butler,, with the help of Amy Kaplan, President, Howard County Chapter.

CONFERENCE ALERT!: March 25, 2017

Look for announcements about the Early Bird rates and deadlines coming soon!
Meanwhile, Conference Chair Jess Williams is looking for a few good people to volunteer for the following positions. If you can help, contact her at

  • PR CHAIR: Promotes the conference and the organization
  • VENDOR CHAIR: Contacts and schedules vendors who wish to display a table at our event
  • DONATION CHAIR: Contacts business' in pursuit of donations for the conference
  • BOOKSTORE CHAIR: Coordinates between members and the bookstore, ensuring all the books are ordered and available at our event
  • MODERATOR CHAIR: Coordinates moderators for each workshop. From as simple as signaling when the workshop is over, to reading first page samples in panels
  • REGISTRATION CHAIR: Compiles all registration materials and contacts potential volunteers to assist at the registration tables the morning of the event
  • AGENT/EDITOR CHAIR: Schedules volunteers to moderate pitch appointments, moderates available appointments at conference, assists in registering agents/editors, helps with transportation to and from airport/ amtrack (no shuttle).
  • CONFERENCE PHOTOGRAPHER: Takes photos at the conference for us to post on social media, generating interest for 2018.



The Constellation's Community Champions program has awarded MWA’s Teen Writers Clubs a grant of $500. The grant was the result of MWA Membership Chair Flo McCahon (who writes mysteries as Millie Mack) being a customer of Constellation Energy. When they sent out a notice to customers that they had grant money available, she filled out part of the form and forwarded it on to Teen Writers Group Coordinator Mark Willin who completed the application.


Dr. Tapendu Basu and Barbara Morrison are now co-chairs of the Publications Committee, which produces Pen In Hand [PIH}, the biannual literary journal published by MWA, and a quarterly newsletter.

More submissions in the following genre are being accepted now for the January 2017 and also for the July 2017 issues of PIH.

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Flash Fiction
  • Non-fiction esp. related to writing, publishing, and Misc. “HOW TO”
  • Essays
  • Short plays
  • Interviews with notable writers

The January issue will have sections on Haiku and Limericks. So get that pen in hand
and submit your best work to PIH.

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE FRONT COVER DESIGN for both Jan and July issues are also needed.

Send submissions with bio, email, and contact information to the Pen In Hand website at or directly to


Katherine Melvin, President of the Montgomery County Chapter, announces the winners of the Montgomery Writes contest held by chapter.


  • Winner: Urvi Chowdhury, On the Run
  • Runners up:
    Melanie Hatter, Malawi's Sisters
    Stephen Sugg, Stanley and Phyllis

Creative Nonfiction

  • Winner: Laura Donnelly Smith, Tree Fall
  • Runners up:
    Suzyn Gonzalez, Sitting in Airports, Waiting for Planes
    Judy Ohr, Sand Never Stops Shifting


  • Winner: Emma Millar, The Osprey’s Nest
  • Runners up:
    Shirley Menendez, A Villanelle to Life in America
    Jennifer Bunch, Apple Pie Ala Mode: A Chronicle of the 1960s


Literary Artist Opportunity for the Maryland Purple Line

Deadline: December 1, 2016 - 8 p.m. EDT
Request for Qualifications (No proposals)

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Project Management Consultant
(PMC) is seeking literary artists and all types of writers to invite to create
a 600 to 1000 word story/ composition/ poem/ literary work that captures
the essence of the corridor to be integrated into the design of the Purple Line
transit stations between Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties
outside of Washington, D.C. .

Selection is two-phased: (1) Request for Qualifications & (2) Procurement.
Invited writers will be paid a stipend of up to $3500 for producing proposals.
For information about Purple Line Light Rail, visit:

Submit Qualifications at CAFÉ call for entry site:
Search: Literary Opportunity for the Maryland Purple Line Light-Rail Project
OR link:


MWA member Stephanie Ann Sarwal announces that her children's school is hosting a holiday boutique and is looking for booksellers to take booths. Fee is $50. The event will be held Saturday, Dec 3 from 4-9 pm in Hyattsville. The school expects 1,000 people through the door.

For more information, contact Stephanie at 301-312-9274.