QUICK NOTES, May 3, 2018

by Eileen McIntire, MWA President

“A Great Success!” This year’s annual conference reaped a host of superlatives from the participants. Whether or not you attended the conference, please fill out and return the survey form to help us plan for next year’s conference. Many thanks to Jess Williams, MWA Conference Chair, and all the people who helped in many, many ways to make this year’s conference a success.


MWA’s annual meeting will be held Saturday, June 23, place to be announced. Nominations for the Board of Directors are now being accepted. If you wish to apply or want to learn more about the positions, email the nominating committee at Please specify the position you are interested in, and describe your qualifications, your interest in MWA and your vision for how MWA can serve its members and the community.


Pen in Hand Deadline: June 15

The deadline for submissions to the July 2018 issue of Pen in Hand is June 15, 2018. Pen in Hand is the official literary and art publication of the Maryland Writers’ Association. It is published biannually in January and July. Submission deadline for the next issue of Pen in Hand is June 15, 2018. MWA members and young writers are encouraged to submit – poetry, sci-fi, flash fiction, short stories, drama, memoirs, creative non-fiction, personal essays, travelogue (incl. photos) to or

Please follow the following submission guidelines:

  • Use black type only
  • Submit only in Times New Roman font
  • use font size 12 for the manuscript
  • leave 1inch margin on top, bottom, left and right
  • Title of ‘story’: place three double spaces below top of page. Center title
  • One space below your title place your name at the right corner
  • Indent first line of each paragraph 1/2" inch
  • Single space between stop and new sentence
  • In general, dialog should be double spaced and in quotation
  • One double space below the end of your manuscript, include a brief Bio. The Bio should be limited   to your literary works and interest, publication and awards.
  •  Below and near the right margin give an approximate word count of your manuscript.                                                 

This is your opportunity to be a published author in a Literary magazine…Be an early bird!


The next MWA board meeting will be Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Public Library, Ellicott City.


Opportunities for Writers

MWA does not necessarily sponsor nor endorse the following

events and organizations.


Poetry Contest

Loudoun County Public Library would like to invite you to participate in its fourth annual poetry contest for adults ages 18 and up. Rhyme On! will be accepting entries, and we would love to have yours.

Deadline is May 15, you can enter a poem in one of the following categories:

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

Cash prizes will be awarded for winners and runner-ups!

Submission guidelines and more information are on the library’s website:

Winners will be announced online June 4, 2018 on Loudoun County Public Library’s website and winners will be mailed their prizes.

Please contact any one of the library’s eight branches if you have any questions about Rhyme On!


Politics and Prose bookstore has an open call for an anthology that is "intended to capture a sense of people and place in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas." Among other things, they're looking for short stories of 3,000 words or fewer. Deadline July 1. More details here:


Submissions are now open for Malice Domestic’s 14th anthology, Mystery Most Edible. The editors are seeking stories up to 5,000 words in length with a significant gastronomic or culinary theme. All submissions will be judged blindly by a panel of Malice Community authors, none of whom serve on the Malice Board of Directors. It will be presented by Parnell Hall and released at Malice Domestic 31 (May 3 - 5, 2019).

The submission deadline is August 31, 2018.

For more information and a complete list of submission guidelines, please visit


The Chesapeake Writers' Conference,  held at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in southern Maryland, hosts between 35 and 45 writers at all levels of experience for a week of lectures, craft talks, readings, and panel discussions, as well as daily workshops in the genre each participant has applied in–fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. These workshops, as well as the other events, are led by exemplary faculty, including National Book Award finalist, Patricia Henley, and PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay finalist, Angela Pelster.

The conference will run this year from June 24-30. A few important offerings at the 2018 conference:

  • A multi-genre youth workshop for high school students.
  • Two hours of course credit available for college students.
  • A teachers-only seminar offering two graduate credits that can be used toward fulfilling continuing professional development requirements.
  • A publishing panel discussion, as well as individual meetings, with agent Jessica Papin from Dystel, Goderich & Bourret; Caroline Casey, Managing Director at Coffee House Press; and Gregory Donovan, Editor at Blackbird: An online journal of literature and the arts.

Please see the website for more details,

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.