QUICK NOTES, March 21, 2018

THE CONFERENCE! This weekend. Still time to register. We’ll be celebrating MWA’s 30th year! Announcing the contest winners! Offering two outstanding keynote addresses plus practical and inspirational workshops, pitch appointments, and an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues. Go to


MWA 30th Anniversary Writer’s Round Table Program ( Thanks to Board member Jim Brewster, MWA has initiated this program to celebrate MWA’s 30th. This is a monthly program. Writers who wish to participate submit 100 words of a story written in the selected author’s genre to MWA. MWA reviews submission and sends selected submissions back to participating newspapers for publication with the next month’s article.

• Local organizations that promote/publish the Notable Maryland Author articles are called MWA 30th Anniversary Writer’s Round Table and receive a certificate from MWA.

• Any organization (library, high school, college, newspaper, church, arts alliance, Rotary Club, Optimist Club, Lions Club, Starbucks, VFW, elected representative, etc.) may register as a 30th Anniversary Writer’s Round Table.

• Newspapers participating to date are Brunswick Citizen; Valley Citizen; Cumberland Times-News; Daily Times; Frederick News-Post; Herald Mail; Times Record; Maryland Independent; Enterprise; Calvert Recorder. (10 = 100,000+ readers) plus their online versions.

Here are the prompts for each month:

  • March: Nora Roberts - Romance
  • April: Tom Clancy – Espionage techno thriller
  • May: Elizabeth Howard- Picture books
  • June: E.A. Aymar – Hard-boiled chase
  • July: Sujatta Massey – Mystery
  • August: Phyllis Naylor – Young adult
  • September: Dr. Ben Carson – Non-fiction
  • October: Ron Malfi – Horror
  • November: Anne Tyler, Literary realism
  • December: Sharon Lee, Fantasy
  • January: Ogden Nash, Light verse
  • February: Benjamin Quarles, History


NOMINATIONS: Elections are coming up at the annual meeting in June. Would you like to serve on the Nominations Committee or the Board? Please contact Eileen McIntire,



The following notices are provided as a service to members. The Maryland Writers’ Association does not necessarily sponsor nor endorse them.

The University of New Orleans Press announces its fourth annual UNO Press Publishing Lab Prize is now open. The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press.

The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the submittable link, can be found at:

The press loves to champion new writers. The first winner of the Lab Prize, Margo Littell, published her debut novel with the press, Each Vagabond By Name. Melanie McCabe’s first book of nonfiction, her memoir, His Other Life: Searching for My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams, became the second winner. This fall, UNO Press will publish the Lab’s most recent winner, Meghan L. Dowling’s first novel, A Catalogue of Small Pains.


The Stevenson Summer Teen Writers' Workshop invites rising 8-12 graders to spend one or two weeks on its beautiful Greenspring Campus exploring fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through small group writing workshops with Stevenson University’s creative writing faculty. Students will attend a multi-genre morning workshop, then will select two specialized afternoon workshops on writing topics of their choice such as flash fiction, character development, interactive digital narratives, or the college admissions essay.

Students will present their work publicly at a reading for family and friends at the conclusion of the Summer Writers' Workshop and will help design an online literary journal of selected writings from camp (optional publication of work). Students will also be visited by guest writers and artists daily.

Tuition: Tuition covers workshops, a journal, all supplies for daily activities (printshop/book-making), and snacks. Students should bring a bag lunch. One Week (5 days): $375 Sibling Discount: 1/3 off second child.

Tuition Scholarship: There are a limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships available. Please open the Tuition Scholarship tab above for information about applying. Registration: Space is limited, so don't delay. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a registration receipt by email after submission. Additional information and material about Summer Writers' Workshop will be sent to the email address that you provide during the registration process.

Email Meagan Nyland, M.F.A. ( with any questions about Stevenson Summer Writers' Workshop.


Poetry Workshops by poet & professor emerita Clarinda Harris: She will be teaching three poetry-writing workshops from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped in April:

  • Wed., April 11--Poetry Workshop I: Ekphrastic Poetry
  • Wed., April 18--Poetry Workshop II: Golden Shovels
  • Wed., April 25--Poetry Workshop III: What's the "Cruelest Month"?

Registration for the workshops is required: please call 410-396-5487 or e-mail to register.


Kauai Writers Conference: Join Sara Gruen, Scott Turow, Alice Hoffman and Garth Stein in Kauai at the Kauai Writers Conference. The conference offers keynote talks by distinguished authors, workshops, as well as master classes, and opportunities to meet one-on-one with literary agents, editors, and other publishing experts. The events are set on Kauai’s beautiful Kalapaki Beach.

The faculty is world-class in talent and diversity of genres, with areas of expertise ranging from fiction and poetry, to screenwriting and playwriting, to narrative nonfiction and memoir. Each faculty member was nominated and selected by their peers as being not only an extraordinary writer, but also as an outstanding teacher of writing.

For more information, contact Kathy Daneman, Follow on Twitter at @KauaiWriConf and on Instagram at @kauaiwritersconference.