Quick Notes, October 18, 2017

By Eileen McIntire

MWA’s Fall Newsletter is now available online. Editor Barbara Morrison reminds members to keep your news in the news. E-mail her about your triumphs, new book launchings, and other happenings. Tips, how-tos, and craft articles are also welcome. E-mail Barbara at The Newsletter comes out quarterly.

Congratulations to MWA’s Teen Writers Groups for receiving their second grant of $500 from the Constellation's Community Champions program! Constellation is an alternative energy supply company. Membership Chair Flo McCahon made the connection and Mark Willen, MWA Teen Writers Groups Coordinator, received the grant, which will be used to fund MWA conference scholarships for selected teens.

MEMBER ALERT: Quick Notes and other MWA announcements are sent by e-mail. Please check your member profile on and make sure your information, including your e-mail address, is correct. You don’t want to miss out.

Critique Groups are a valuable and popular benefit of MWA. If you would like to find a critique group for feedback on your writing, please add yourself to the critique group database. You can also contact open critique groups listed on the website. Here’s an ISO from a member who is looking for a critique group in the Harbor East section of Baltimore. She writes historical mysteries. If you are interested in joining a group in that area, e-mail me ( and I’ll put you in touch. Critique groups are always forming, and you can start one with a small nucleus.



The following announcements are for your information and are not necessarily endorsed nor sponsored by MWA.

Baltimore Screenwriters Competition now accepting submissions. Entry deadline January 24, 2018.

The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting entries for the 13th annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Applicants can submit screenplays in the feature or shorts categories. The top entries in both categories win cash prizes, and feature winners also receive all access passes to the 2018 Maryland Film Festival and passes to local movie theaters.

The application and guidelines are available online at The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is a project of the Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, in conjunction with film programs at Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. Funding is provided by The Arts Insurance Program, a division of Maury, Donnelly and Parr. Additional support is courtesy of the Maryland Film Festival, NEXTCAR and Visit Baltimore.

The Baltimore Screenwriters Competition is open to all screenwriters. Submitted scripts receive coverage from students in the Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University screenwriting programs and by local screenwriters and producers. The final screenplays are judged by film industry professionals including writer Norman Steinberg (“Blazing Saddles,” “My Favorite Year”), producer Nina Noble (“The Deuce,” “Treme,” “The Wire”) and producer and studio executive Larry Kostroff (“The Gumshoe Kid,” “When A Stranger Calls”). Winners of the competition are announced during the 2018 Maryland Film Festival on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

In the feature category, the first place winner receives $1,500, an all access pass to the 2017 Maryland Film Festival, a Weekend in Baltimore Package, a rental car for the weekend and passes to area movie theaters. The second place winner receives $750, an all access pass to the festival and movie passes. The third place winner receives $350, an all access pass to the festival and movie passes. In the shorts category, winners will receive cash prizes.

For more information on the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition, call 410-752-8632 or visit


Fall Fiction Contest - Deadline: Nov. 15

The Masters Review announces its Fall Fiction Contest. The winning story will be paid $2000, awarded publication online in The Masters Review, and receive a note from the judge on why the story was selected. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100, respectively, as well as correspondence from the judge. Fifteen finalists will be acknowledged in December and the winners will be selected from that pool.

The Fall Fiction Contest winner last year, Ruth Joffre, just sold her story collection to Grove Atlantic. Her winning story, "Night Beast," is the title story in her debut collection.

GUIDELINES: • Submissions are open from Sept 15 - Nov 15. 7000 word limit • Fiction only • Emerging Writers only. (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.) • $20 to enter • Previously unpublished work only • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere • International submissions allowed.

Finalists will be announced by Dec 21, and winners will be announced in January.

The contest judge will be BRIAN EVENSON, author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection, A Collapse of Horses. He is one of fiction's best literary writers with a stellar eye for gothic and dark literary fiction. A Shirley Jackson, International Horror and Edgar Award finalist, as well as the winner of three O. Henry Prizes, this contest is in the very best hands.

For more information, visit the website,



Nonfiction Writers Conference Online – Nov. 9-10

"Marketing Mastery for Authors" is the theme of the Fall Nonfiction Writers Conference, November 9-10, 2017. It will be a virtual event conducted entirely by teleseminar—no travel required.

For MWA members, they offer a special 33% off discount. The Nonfiction Writers Conference, and its sister organization The Nonfiction Authors Association, both aim to bring much-needed support and education to the nonfiction writer community.

To find out more, go to and