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

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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.